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Austin Greaser wins 120th Western Amateur over Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira

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After a five-day marathon that included 36-hole days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Austin Greaser became the amateur amateur champion, taking first place ahead of Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira.

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Greeser has played a lot of golf in the Western over the past two summers, losing to eventual champion Michael Torbjornsen in the semi-finals last year. This time, the Tar Heel could not be abandoned.

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Fernández de Oliveira got off to a fast start, hitting 2 over three holes after breaking out of a green bunker on third.

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Razorback was still in 2nd above 11th, but that’s when things went awry for Greaser.

Greaser won four holes in a row, starting with a birdie long shot that found the cup just over the green in 12th place.

Another birdie fell on the 13th, then Fernández de Oliveira conceded a birdie to Greaser on the 14th and 15th holes after getting into trouble.

After 16th was split in half with par-4s, both players landed approach shots from 10 feet on par-4 17th.


Greaser lifts Thorne Trophy, wins Western Am

Greaser lifts Thorne Trophy, wins Western Am

Greaser was next to Fernandez de Oliveira, throwing a little over five feet to win the match. The shot caught on the lip but didn’t fall and Fernández de Oliveira took advantage of this to move the match to 18th.

Both players found a fairway in 18th, but after Fernandez de Oliveira hit his approach from 12 feet, Greaser went far off the green and saw his ball flatten into the deep rough. He then made a brilliant chip, leaving himself only a few feet short of par, causing Fernández de Oliveira to throw his bird shot to extend the match.

The hit failed Razorback and the Greaser cleared its parity by claiming 120th among Western amateurs.




Source: www.golfchannel.com

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