Queensland golfer Daniel Nisbet has won the Players Amateur event in Blufton in South Carolina after the final round was abandoned due to inclement weather.
The event has grown into one of the more popular amongst the series of summer amateur events in the US, the added incentive of a PGA Tour start at the RBC Heritage tournament at Hilton Head next year a further reason for that.
The event has been won by players such as Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas, although the only Australian to have won it previously has been Aron Price.
Caboolture's Nisbet started the final round with a one shot break over American Bobby Wyatt and extended his lead to six through ten holes before play was called off.
The final placings were therefore based on the 54 hole scores so Nisbet officially wins by one over Wyatt.
"It's been a lot of fun out here," said Nisbet."I have tried to hit more fairways than usual because the rough is so thick and I was doing that well this week and again today before it was called off."
"The plan was to be over here playing on a tour next year so to have a start at the RBC Heritage is very exciting."
Nisbet has plans to attend the PGA Tour School later in the year in the hope that he can earn either PGA Tour or Web.com Tour status in 2013.
Tasmanian Ryan McCarthy finished 4th.
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