Jager lone Aussie at British Amateur

Matt Jager is the only remaining Australian at the British Amateur Championship following today's second match play round at Formby Golf Club, Liverpool. The New Zealand Amateur Champion and Australia's highest ranked amateur accounted for Wales's Walker Cup squad member, Rhys Enoch, 2&1, and will meet England's John Carroll in tomorrow's third round. Earlier in the week Jager remarked if he made it through the qualification stroke rounds, he favoured his chances to keep progressing. Jager been playing well in match play contests both in Australia and in New Zealand and felt that in the past three weeks in the UK, his game had finally come around to dealing the variances of playing links golf. "It's a great position to be in at present," said Jager this evening following his win over Enoch. "Getting through the first round can be tricky and I played really well today. I've been putting my strategy into place with dealing with the weather and the softness of the course. I stuck to the way I wanted to play Formby today and it worked." Four other Australians, Brendan Smith, Daniel Nisbet, Bryden Macpherson and Lincoln Tighe had made it through 36 holes of qualifying to the match play portion of the British Amateur. None of them survived today's opening rounds. Smith was unlucky in his match, going down against Matthew Nixon, 4&3. Daniel Nisbet won his opening match against Paul Cutter, 2&1, only to be defeated in the second round by Irishman, Nail Kearney, 1-up. Bryden Macpherson went down in his match against Sweden's, Nils Floren 2-down, whilst Lincoln Tighe was defeated by Billy Hemstock, 5&4. Jager came into this British Amateur with a solid performance a few week's back at the Scottish Amateur Stroke, with a top-20 finish and remains confident with his game and he's ability to compete here in Liverpool. "I looking forward to the challenge ahead and think that I can go the whole way," says the World's number 9. "I'm easily playing as well as I was in New Zealand. Everything is feeling great at the moment and my consistency with my short game is better than what it was in New Zealand. I feel like I can go out there an prove a point." Jager's third round opponent, John Carroll, was a top-16 finisher last year at Turnberry and will be a stern opponent for the Australian. Carroll plays out of Lancashire in Liverpool and recently had a tied 3rd finish at the Lancashire Amateur. Should Jager progress in his match against Carroll, he'll set up a possible encounter with last year's finalist, England's Tommy Fleetwood. Positioned in the upper half of the draw with top qualifier Italy's, Matte Manassero, and the informed Fleetwod, Jager's pathway to the final will be a challenge. Despite the fall of the draw, Jager is presently riding on a high with his game and ability to work the ball around the tight Formby layout. "Everything is falling into place with the way that I'm playing," says Jager. "I'll be out there giving it a crack tomorrow and what ever happens, happens, but I fully believe that the way I'm playing I can do well. I'm really looking forward to it."

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