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David Micheluzzi Reaches Quarters at The Amateur Championship

The breezes were up today at Royal Aberdeen (Photo: R&A)
Victoria’s David Micheluzzi has advanced to the quarter-finals of The Amateur Championship at Royal Dundee Golf Club in Scotland having today won his Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches.

The Cranbourne and Metropolitan member has already had a successful year in 2018 winning the Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne in January followed soon after by a runner-up finish at the Australian Amateur Championship.

Already Australia’s second highest world ranked amateur, he could potentially challenge West Australia’s Min Woo Lee for that mantle if he was to go on and win this prestigious title this week.

Micheluzzi easily accounted for American Blake Wagoner in today's morning round, winning 5&4 and although the scoring was not of the highest standard the windy conditions ensured the Royal Aberdeen layout was a tough test.  

He then took on Mexican Raul Pereda in his Round of 16 match up and again it was an easy victory by the same margin.

“I’ve played with him (Pereda) quite a bit in the States,” said Micheluzzi. “I just kept it straight and on the short stuff and I was fine.

“It was the best thing to be out playing some links golf today, it was just awesome. I could just keep the ball low and kept it in play.”

“The Open is the greatest Championship of all time, it would just be a dream to play in it,” added Micheluzzi referring to the fact that the champion this week will earn a start at Carnoustie in one month.

In tomorrow’s quarter-final Micheluzzi takes on Ireland’s Conor Purcell who is currently ranked some 375 places below him in the world ranking. Not that rankings account for much at this stage of the event but the Victorian would appear to have a good opportunity to advance to the semi-final and better.

Purcell did however birdie five of his last six holes in his Round of 16 match today so he is in fine form and will be a formidable opponent.

Australia’s only other survivor through to round three was Blake Collyer who fought back from a two hole deficit against Sweden’s Adam Blommé to square his match at the 16th only to bogey the last and lose 1 down.

And so of the twenty or so Australians who began the event on Monday only Micheluzzi survives to see if he can become just the third Australians to win this coveted title and follow in the footsteps of fellow Victorians Doug Bachli and Bryden Macpherson.

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