Thursday, January 17, 2019

Top Australian championship seed is KOd by 64th qualifier

Sydney’s Harrison Crowe took the biggest scalp of his young career today, dethroning No.1 seed David Micheluzzi in the first match of the Australian men's amateur championship knock-out phase at Woodlands.
Crowe, a member at St Michael’s and still just 17, took down the new world No.6 with a quality 2 and 1 victory that belied his last-man-in status as No.64 seed.
“It feels amazing. I did fight towards the end to grind out a victory and a few birdies helped, so I’m rapt, yeah,” beamed Crowe, who’d amazingly been four shots adrift of the eventual cut line with just nine holes to play on Wednesday, contemplating an early flight home.
From that point, the young New South Wales state team member has done nothing more than play exemplary golf. He made four birdies including one on the last hole to make the stroke play play-off, a birdie on the first play-off hole to reach match play, then was nominally three under through 17 holes to take down the red-hot favourite a day after he’d earned a share of the Woodlands course record.
“Towards the end (today on the 13th and 14th), I had a couple of birdies in a row to go dormie four up, then `Micha’ had a couple of birdies. I didn’t want to go up 17, but it’s good now,” said Crowe, who admitted his week he had changed in a hurry, especially after assuming the prized No.1 slot in the match play draw.

“100 per cent. I wouldn’t have thought about being here at all after 27 holes (of stroke play).

“But I still have to play good golf, it’s not just going to happen.”

Micheluzzi, impressively humble and respectful, admitted he was flat, but was full of praise for his conqueror.

“Harrison played really well the first three holes (par, eagle, birdie) so I was down early, tried my hardest to fight back but he made two or three birdies in the last five holes as well,” said Micheluzzi, who was a record 16 under par with two course record eight-under-par rounds to be medallist by an amazing seven strokes.

“Credit to him, he’s a very fine young player and when I found out he was just 17 I was a bit shocked, he was bombing it past me.

“Tonight I’ll probably be a little angry, but at the end of the day it’s just a round of golf. These things happen and I played well the last few days and that’s what I’m going to focus on.”

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