Murdaca wins Asia-Pacific Amateur to qualify for Masters

Australia`s Antonio Murdaca will play in the 2015 Augusta Masters and the British Open Qualifying Series this year after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.

Murdaca wins Asia-Pacific Amateur to qualify for Masters

Melbourne: Australia`s Antonio Murdaca will play in the 2015 Augusta Masters and the British Open Qualifying Series this year after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.

Murdaca, 19, from Adelaide, became the first Australian winner of the regional championship, closing with a one-under-par 71 to finish seven shots clear of the field for the biggest winning margin in the event`s history.

Heading into the final round eight shots clear, the two-time Australian junior champion saw his lead shrink to five shots through nine holes as Japan`s Mikumu Horikawa briefly threatened.

But it was the only time Murdaca felt any pressure and he responded with a 20-foot birdie on the par-4 10th. Another birdie at the par-5 14th retrieved his advantage to seven shots.

Murdaca made a string of pars to finish and reached the 18th green in regulation to cruise to victory.

Murdaca tapped in for a four to finish at 13-under with rounds of 69-68-67-71, with Horikawa outright second at six-under.

"It`s a dream that`s come true for me now, and I always wanted to play in the Masters," Murdaca said.

"It`s so exciting now knowing I`ve got a spot in there, and also in the Qualifying Series for The Open at St Andrews."

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