Nisbet wins rain-effected Players Amateur

Daniel Nisbet has claimed his first major title in the US at the rain effected Players Amateur in South Carolina.

The final round was cut short because of storms with play suspended at 12:45pm after the leaders had played 10 holes.

With the weather continuing to deteriorate, tournament officials were left with no alternative than to revert to the 54-hole scores with Nisbet declared the champion.

Nisbet had earlier shot a 2-under-par, 70, on Saturday to be at 11-under-par and a shot ahead of Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt going into the final round.

Before play was suspended, Nisbet had extended his overnight lead to six and was looking every part of the tournament champion with precision driving and pressure putting.

With four birdies and just one bogey on his front nine, Nisbet had taken a commanding lead before play was halted. Wyatt had made bogeys on the 4th and 5th to bring his tournament chances to an end.

The win at The Players Amateur is significant for Nisbet in many ways.

Not only is it Nisbet’s first main amateur title in the US, the win at The Players Amateur cements his place as our current top-world amateur.

Daniel Nisbet Daniel Nisbet claimed his first major title in the US at The Players Amateur in South Carolina (Photo: Anthony Powter)

Ranked 37th in the world according to the R&A before entering The Players Amateur, Nisbet’s world ranking continues to climb.

The Queenslander is comfortably positioned inside the desired top-50, which ensures starts in top amateur events, including next month’s US Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado.

In the bigger events, Nisbet continues to secure results and with tournaments such as the Southern Amateur, The Western Amateur and US Amateur coming up, he is well placed to add another US title to his collection.

Nisbet becomes just the second Australian to win the Players Amateur after Aron Price claimed the title in 2004.

It is also the first time an Australian has won in the US since Michael Foster secured the 2007 Rice Planters Amateur over fellow countryman Josh Younger on the second sudden death playoff hole at Snee Farm Country Club in South Carolina.

The win also sees Nisbet gaining a sponsor’s invitation to the PGA Tour event in the RBC Heritage next April at Harbour Town Golf Links.