Date: September 17, 2012
Author: Shawn McCauley / Golf WA

Watt leads into final day at Mandurah Amateur Open

Royal Perth&aposs Brady Watt holds a one stroke lead at the halfway stage of the 2012 Mandurah Amateur Open after shooting a six under par 66 in the second round at Mandurah Country Club. Watt rebounded in stunning fashion from his opening round 73 taking full advantage of the benign morning conditions. In explaining his seven shot turn-around Watt said, “I didn&apost lose any faith shooting one over par, I just stayed patient and let it happen.” Watt&aposs round featured five birdies and an eagle to leave him five under par for the tournament. “The eagle on four was a bit of a kick start. It got me going and I just played smart from there.” Three players are tied for second position at four under par including Queensland&aposs Taylor MacDonald, WA state representative Jarryd Felton, and current Mandurah club champion Nick Price. Watt will be keen to secure his second national ranking event title after his Lake Macquarie Amateur victory in early 2011 and potentially move him into the Australian Amateur Rankings top 10. Watt said the experience of coming back from one shot behind in the Lake Macquarie victory will be something he will draw upon. A determined Watt said “This is what you play for: to get yourself into a position so you can win a big tournament.” Current Australian No. 1 and pre-tournament favourite Daniel Nisbet is three shots off the lead in a tie for fifth position after shooting his second successive round of 71. In what shapes as a fascinating final day, 10 players lie within five shots of the lead. When asked about who his main challengers for the title are, Watt declared “Anyone – with Holman (Nathan) at one under, Nizzy (Nisbet) at two under, they are all there. You know they are going to fire up and bring their A game.” In spite of of the looming dangers from the challenging pack going into the final day, Watt believes having a relaxed attitude is key when trying to secure victory: “I&aposm just going to keep having fun and just see what happens,” he said. With both the third and fourth rounds being held on Monday the title is very much up for grabs.