Antonio Murdaca enters pro ranks

South Australian Antonio Murdaca has confirmed he will turn professional immediately after missing out on an opportunity to successfully defend his Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong last week.

Murdaca, who worked his way into contention at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club as he sought to defend the title which earned him a start at this year’s Masters, left the amateur ranks with one of his most impressive rounds, his 64 on Saturday elevating him within four shots of the lead before the play on the final day was cancelled due to high winds and rain.

The chance to play the Masters once again in 2016 was effectively the only thing that would have precluded him from entering the pro ranks earlier but now that opportunity has gone, the 20 year old will play his first event as a professional at next week’s Fiji International before events such as the West Australian Open and PGA Championships.

Murdaca also has the prospect of Stage Two Qualifying for the European Tour in Spain in November after graduating from Stage One three weeks ago.

“After a long and successful amateur career, I feel it’s time to make the next step,” Murdaca said.

“I am ready to turn professional and start the next leg of my ongoing golf journey. I am super excited to start in Fiji and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.

“I’m really grateful for the combined efforts of Golf Australia, Golf South Australia, the PGA Tour of Australasia and my management team at ISM to help me get started so soon.”

Murdaca is one of only three players to have twice won the national junior championship including 2013 Masters Champion, Adam Scott.

Murdaca is the only Australian to have won the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship after his emphatic seven shot win at Royal Melbourne last year. Despite not making the cut at Augusta National he was not disgraced during his first visit to the Masters.

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