Stieger last Aussie standing at British Am
Matt Stieger has progressed to the quarter-finals of the British Amateur being played at Royal Troon in Scotland.
The 2010 Australian Amateur champion secured a 4&2 third round victory over Spain’s Emillio Cuartero to set up a fourth round encounter later in the day against fellow Aussie, Daniel Nisbet.
Matt Stieger has progressed to the quarter-finals of the British Amateur being played at Royal Troon in Scotland (Photo: Anthony Powter)
Nisbet had earlier disposed of England’s Craig Hinton 3&1 in a stellar match.
Hinton, ranked 306th in the world is the reigning Welsh Open amateur champion and pulled off a surprise upset in the second round at these championships when he defeated Daan Huizing, the highest ranked player in the field at number five in the world.
Huizing was considered one of the championship favourites after winning the Lytham Trophy by 11 shots and the St Andrews Links Trophy by 14.
It was unfortunate that two of our best players would meet in the fourth round of a major amateur championship, but that is the way the draw panned out with the Nisbet and Stieger encounter.
Stieger would prevail with a 3&2 win, yet take nothing away from Nisbet’s efforts at these championships. Again Nisbet rose to the occasion to record another solid result in a top international championship.
Stieger’s opponent in the quarter-final is Paul Ferrier from Scotland.
Ferrier plays US collegiate golf as a senior out of Charlotte and is ranked 520 in the world with his best amateur victory at the 2011 East of Scotland Open.
A former rugby player, Ferrier is strong off the tee and will present a formidable opponent for Stieger.
A two-time all-Atlantic 10 choice, Ferrier led the Charlotte 49ers to an at-large berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 73.14 stroke average.
Stieger entered the British Amateur ranked 154th in the world, yet he has been as low as 13th. In is first hit-out in the UK at the Scottish Open amateur he recorded a top-5 finish building upon his runner-up finish at the South Australian Amateur Classic prior to leaving for overseas tour duties.
On paper Stieger should account for Ferrier and heads into the quarter-final with solid wins against Belgium’s Thomas Detry, 2&1, and Spain’s Emilo Cuartero after qualifying in a tie for 28th position with rounds of 74-69.
Stieger is positioned in the top-half of the draw and could potentially met either Sweden’s Robert Karlesson or Ireland’s Alan Dunbar, ranked 200th in the world.
Earlier the third Aussie to progress to the round of 32, Jordan Zunic, was defeated by Pedro Figueiredo from Portugal.
Scotland’s Jack McDonald takes on England’s Toby Tree in the lower half of the draw’s quarter-final match-ups.
Tree had a comprehensive victory over Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player Rhys Pugh 7&6 in the third round before defeating Tyler Raber, 2&1, the last American in the draw.
The remaining quarter-final match sees Spain’s Jacobo Pastor and Mattias Schwab from Austria.