AMATEUR world number eight Brady Watt will draw on his father’s support when he tees off at his first Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
Watt is paired with Jin Jeong and Wisut Artjanawat in the first round and will have his father on the bag, as well as his mother in the gallery, as he enters the final tournament of the Australian summer of golf.
The US Amateur semi-finalist said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“The first round will be my third time playing here and it’s ball striking heaven,” he told Golf Link.
“I’m very excited to be teeing it up in my maiden Australian Open with dad on the bag.
“Royal Sydney is a great challenge when the wind whips up.”
Watt, 23, said he was well prepared for the Open after an incredible season, which included a semi-finals berth and medalist honours at the US Open in August, as well as a win in the Ten Nations Cup in South Africa earlier this year.
Although close friend and world number 16 Oliver Goss defeated him in the semi-final, Watt caddied during Goss’s final loss to England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick.
"To shoot six-under par and share the medalist honours with Neil Raymond (of England) was a massive confidence boost for me in the toughest amateur field," he said.
“It was great to just be a part of the final with Gossy and I just think it brought us even closer as mates."
Regardless of the result at Royal Sydney, the Western Australian said 2013 was “the best ever year” for him and Australian golf in general.
“It’s been a big year and the progression has been a highlight. Meeting amazing people and mates all over the world; golf has been an amazing experience.
“On the professional side of things, Adam Scott’s US Masters victory and our success during the alas couple of weeks has really inspired amateurs like us.”
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