Watt tops Aussies at Sahalee Players

Brady Watt was the best of the Australians with a tied 10th place finish at the Sahalee Players Championship, held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington.

Watt fired rounds of 71-77-73-72 to finish at 5-over-par, six strokes behind winner, American Andrew Yun.

Brady Watt Brady Watt (Credit: Anthony Powter)

This was Watt’s first American event and the result was timely following mixed results in the UK where our top-ranked amateur failed to fire.

Brett Drewitt was the next best Australian at Sahalee finishing at 7-over-par and in a tie for 15th position with rounds of 76-70-74-75.

Six Australians entered the event with Callan O’Reilly finishing in a tie for 44th position at 14-over-par along with Jordan Zunic.

James Gibellini finished at 18-over-par and in a share of 49th position, with Nathan Holman at 21-over and in a share 53rd position.

Yun, who was the first and second round leader, began the final round one shot behind third round leader Bo Andrews.

Yun was the only player to finished the tournament under par at 1-under and a final round 2-over par 74 was good enough for a one-shot win from fellow Americans Zac Blair and Bryson Dechambeau.

The Sahalee Players championship was the first occasion the Australians have played in a US event with some force, although Gibellini has been in the US for a few weeks and secured a top-10 result a fortnight ago at the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills.

No Australian has won at Sahalee, although Daniel Nisbet finished runner-up in 2009, a stroke behind winner Canadian Nick Taylor.

Past champions of this prestigious amateur championship include Kyle Stanley, Casey Martin, Peter Uihlein, Nick Taylor, Daniel Summerhays, Ryan Moore, Chris Williams, Arron Oberholser and Jason Gore.

The Australians this week move to the Players Amateur starting Thursday at Berkeley Hall in South Carolina, an event Nisbet won last year.

On the international scene to date the Australians have experienced mixed results.

Watt’s top-10 finish at Sahalee will give the world number 2 some confidence, despite struggling with disappointing results in the UK.

Both Holman and Zunic were our best performers in the UK with Zunic making it through to the round of 16 at the British Amateur. Holman earlier had secured a top-10 finish at the Scottish Open Amateur and followed that with a top-5 at the St Andrews Links Trophy.