16 Jul 2012
National Squad member Daniel Nisbet won the Players Amateur.
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Golf Australia National Squad member Daniel Nisbet became the first Australian since Aron Price in 2004 to win the coveted Players Amateur title at Berkeley Hall Golf Club near Hilton Head.
The 21 year old Caboolture local claimed the title with rounds of 69-66-70 after the final round was cut short because of storms on Sunday and earned a place in next year's RBC Heritage event on the PGA Tour at Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head.
Nisbet joins an honour roll including the likes of Price, Bill Haas, Camilo Villegas and Rickie Fowler.
On a day of inclement weather, play was suspended because of thunderstorms about 12:45 p.m., with the leaders having played 10 holes.
When the storm had not eased more than 90 minutes later, Nisbet was declared the champion and the results reverted to the 54-hole scores.
The early ending didn't change the inevitable result. After entering the final round with a one-shot lead over Alabama star Bobby Wyatt, Nisbet had extended his lead to six shots by the time the storm hit.
He made four birdies and just one bogey on the front nine, even chipping in from the fringe in front of the green after hitting a conservative approach at the par-4 eighth hole.
What was played of the final round amounted to more of the same great play that made Nisbet the frontrunner over the final three days. He didn't make a double bogey all week.
Wyatt made a charge late Saturday, but he couldn't continue the momentum Sunday morning. While Nisbet birdied two of the first three holes, Wyatt made bogeys at No. 4 and 5 and couldn't make up any ground.
Up next for Nisbet is the Southern Amateur next week in Little Rock, Ark. He plans to turn professional at the end of this year so he will be playing for money when he plays in the RBC Heritage on a sponsor's exemption next April at Harbour Town Golf Links.