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Surreal experience for Antonio Murdaca

(Photo: Asia Pacific Amateur Championship)
Six months ago South Australian golfer, Antonio Murdaca, just scrapped into the field for the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne as one of the last qualifiers Australia was able to field in that event at Royal Melbourne.

As the host nation Australia were entitled to have their leading ten world ranked amateurs in the field and Murdaca ranked number nine.

At the completion of that week and after an emphatic seven shot victory Murdaca had earned the right to play the Masters as, with the Masters Tournament and the R&A assisting in underwriting the event, starts at the Masters and at the Final Stage of Qualifying for the Open Championship were on offer to the winner.

Murdaca had already ventured to Augusta National prior to returning for this week's event but this week he has had the chance to play with some of the game's greats in practice rounds including Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Billy Horschel and Matt Every and when Thursday morning comes around he will be tee it up again with Adam Scott but this time it will be for real.

Also joining Scott and Murdaca will be Dustin Johnson and so what started out as a the chance to play in one of the world's leading amateur events six months ago has now turned into a dream week in arguably the game's greatest major championship.

"I played with him (Adam Scott) on Saturday afternoon and he had bit of a joke, said Murdaca , "You might be playing with me and Tiger." Looking at the sheet today, I'm playing with him and Dustin. So it's pretty cool, pretty exciting. Can't wait for the first round."

He will have to wait of course and already has a plan for his final day of preparation tomorrow. "I think I'll come out a little bit earlier tomorrow. I might do the back nine tomorrow and do some practice and then do the Par 3 and then head on home and relax and get ready for Thursday morning."

Murdaca has his coach Gareth Jones by his side as was the case at Royal Melbourne and both have been soaking in as much information as possible.

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