Nisbet Wins Players Amateur

By Justin Jarrett

BLUFFTON, S.C. — It wasn't the finish Daniel Nisbet envisioned, but the 21-year-old Australian enjoyed the perks of winning the 13th annual Players Amateur just the same, claiming the title after the final round was cut short because of storms Sunday at Berkeley Hall Club.

Play was suspended because of thunderstorms about 12:45 p.m., with the leaders having played 10 holes. When the storm had not let up more than 90 minutes later, Nisbet was declared the champion and the results reverted to the 54-hole scores.

The early ending didn't change the inevitable result. After entering the final round with a one-shot lead over Alabama star Bobby Wyatt, Nisbet had extended his advantage to six shots by the time the storm hit.

He made four birdies and just one bogey on the front nine, even chipping in from the fringe in front of the green after hitting a conservative approach at the par-4 eighth hole.

What was played of the final round amounted to more of the same great play that made Nisbet the frontrunner over the final three days. He didn't make a double bogey all week.

Wyatt made a charge late Saturday, but he couldn't continue the momentum Sunday morning. While Nisbet birdied two of the first three holes, Wyatt made bogeys at No. 4 and 5 and couldn't make up any ground.

Nisbet becomes the second Australian to win the Players Amateur, joining Aron Price, who was a student at Georgia Southern at the time of his victory in 2004.

Up next for Nisbet is the Southern Amateur next week in Little Rock, Ark. He plans to turn pro at the end of this year, so he will be playing for a paycheck when he plays in the RBC Heritage on a sponsor's exemption next April at Harbour Town Golf Links.

The Players Amateur
At Bluffton, Berkeley Hall Golf Club, South Course, par 72
Final results
Note: Tournament shortened to 54 holes due to weather
Daniel Nisbet 69-66-70--205
Bobby Wyatt 66-73-67--206
Michael Hebert 73-74-66--213
Matthew NeSmith 70-73-71--214
Anders Albertson 71-70-73--214
Ryan McCarthy 71-72-71--214
Sean Dale 71-72-71--214
AJ Crouch 73-72-70--215
Andrew Mason 69-75-71--215
Richard Lamb 73-71-71--215
Cody Proveaux 73-70-72--215
Blayne Barber 69-71-75--215
Brett Drewitt 72-72-72--216
Ben Campbell 71-69-76--216
Daniel Berger 67-71-78--216
Michael Weaver 69-70-77--216
James White 72-76-69--217
Kramer Hickok 71-74-72--217
Andrew Yun 76-69-72--217
Curtis Thompson 74-76-68--218
Jake Higginbottom 73-75-70--218
Matthew Stieger 75-73-70--218
Ryan Heisey 74-74-70--218
Tucker Wadkins 74-71-73--218
Jeffrey Kang 78-70-71--219
Carlton Forrester 74-73-72--219
Anthony Paolucci 73-73-73--219
JD Tomlinson 73-73-73--219
Max Homa 72-74-73--219
Austin Cody 72-72-75--219
Justin Shin 72-72-75--219
Tyler McCumber 76-72-72--220
Zander Lombard 73-74-73--220
Brinson Paolini 73-70-77--220
Ben Kohles 73-76-72--221
Rory Bourke 76-70-75--221
Dominic Bozzelli 71-76-74--221
Bo Andrews 72-74-75--221
Geoffrey Drakeford 73-72-76--221
Keith Mitchell 73-70-78--221
Richy Werenski 76-74-72--222
Oliver Schniederjans 70-78-74--222
Ji Soo Park 74-74-74--222
Zachary Herr 77-72-73--222
Crawford Reeves 76-75-72--223
Rob Simmons 75-77-71--223
Minghao Wang 72-77-74--223
Cameron Smith 72-76-75--223
Luke McClellan 224
Oliver Goss 224
Michael Balzer 224
Nick Sherwood 225
Nick Gilliam 225
Cory Whitsett 226
John Voetsch 226
Michael Cromie 226
Mitch Gray 226
Matthew Perry 226
Bobby Hudson 227
Ben Fogler 227
Michael Johnson 228
Anthony Murdaca 228
Shane Lebow 228
Cody Martin 228
Todd Sinnott 229
Chase Parker 229
Daniel Hendry 230
T.J. Mitchell 231
Billy Kennerly 231
Hunter Stewart 232
Mills Rendell 232
Fraser Wilkin 233
Nathan Holman 233
Patrick Grimes 234
Marcel Puyat 234
Matt Cheng 235
Zachary Olsen 237
Stephen Kearney 239
Conrad Ray 241
Rick LaRose 265
Peter Mathison 266
Cameron Wilson WD
Donald Constable WD

 

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