Date: June 18, 2009

Jager last man standing in rain

With assistance from R&A Media CLICK HERE FOR ROUND 2 MATCHPLAY RESULTS AIS/Golf Australia National Squad member Matt Jager is the last Australian standing at The British Amateur Championship at Formby Golf Club on Merseyside. Three up-and-downs on the first three holes left the Formby course-record holder 2-up, a lead which he built upon to reach the turn with a four-hole advantage. Enoch rallied to reduce the deficit to one down after 15, but a nine-iron to two feet at 16 and another birdie at the par-5 17 from Jager, ensured that it is the Australian who advances into tomorrow s third round. He will play his 3rd round match against England&aposs John Carroll. My short game was good early on, I didn t make a mistake on the front nine, he explained. After fourteen I was a bit frustrated, but in that weather you re bound to make mistakes. I wasn t too concerned though as I was hitting the ball well. Brendan Smith (AIS/GA) lost 4&3 to Matthew Nixon while Bryden Macpherson (GA) lost to Sweden&aposs Nils Floren 2-down. Daniel Nisbet (AIS/GA), progressed from the opening elimination round after a 2&1 win over Paul Cutler but lost 1-down to Ireland&aposs Niall Kearney. Lincoln Tighe lost 5&4 in the elimination round to Billy Hemstock. Having been 5-up after 10 holes, defending champion Reinier Saxton was knocked out of the 114th Amateur Championship on the 19th hole by Spain s Ignacio Elvira. The Dutchman bogeyed five holes in a row from the 11th to let Elvira back into the match before a wayward drive at the 19th hole, followed by a chip out which caught a branch, caused Saxton to concede. It was an unlikely victory for the three-time Spanish junior champion who had told his caddy on the 11th tee that there were only a couple of holes left at most. As the weather closed in, however, Elvira picked up his game, coming back in level-par 35. I started finding the fairway and hitting really good shots to the pin. If the weather keeps getting worse, I ve got a good chance! Last year s beaten finalist, Tommy Fleetwood, has secured his passage through to the last 32 with a 2-hole win over Italy s Andrea Pavan. Having gone 1-up with a birdie at the par-five third, Fleetwood would retain the lead for the duration of the match. Joining Jager is Matteo Manassero, who continues to show the form that left him four shots clear of the field after the stroke play stage. The 16-year-old only required 13 holes to ensure a 6&5 victory and a place in the final 32 where he will face good friend and Italian team-mate, Joon Kim. Though they know each other s game well, the pair have never before met in a match play situation, making for an enthralling third-round contest. Also progressing to the next stage are Brabazon Trophy winner, Niall Kearney; world number 13, Sam Hutsby; four-time Walker Cup competitor, Nigel Edwards and Stiggy Hodgson. Hodgson, who on Tuesday intended to return home after stating that his two-round total of 147 would not be enough, won a preliminary qualifying round this morning on the 19th hole and, this afternoon, beat fellow Englishman, Ben Rickett, by one hole to reach the third-round.