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BROOKLINE, Mass. (Aug. 13, 2013) -- It might be the United States Amateur Championship, but don't tell that to the international golfers that took the top five spots on the stroke-play qualifying leaderboard.
England's Neil Raymond and Australian Brady Watt tied for medalist honors, finishing the two-day qualifier at 6-under.
Watt, ranked No. 1 in our Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Player Rankings, shot a 4-under 66 at Charles River Country Club Tuesday to follow up his 2-under 68 Monday at The Country Club. Raymond, meanwhile, shot his second straight 67.
Oliver Goss, another Australian in the field, finished tied for third three shots back. He tied with Canadian Justin Shin and Matt Fitzpatrick, of England, who took low amateur honors at the British Open.
Mike Miller was the low American in the field. He shot 69-69 to finish at 2-under.
Nick Hardy, who held the first-round lead with a 65 at Charles River Country Club on Monday, finished with a 73 at The Country Club. Richy Werenski, who was second after Round 1 thanks in part to a double eagle, shot 73 Tuesday at The Country Club and finished tied for ninth place.
Bo Andrews, a teammate of Werenski's at Georgia Tech, carded the qualifier's low round. he shot a 7-under 63 at Charles River Country Club on Tuesday to finish tied for ninth, also.
Raymond will be the top seed when match play begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Country Club. The Round of 64 will be conducted on Wednesday while the 2nd and 3rd rounds are slated for Thursday.
The stroke-play cut came at 4-over 144, with 66 players inside that cut line. The playoff to determine the final places in the match-play field will include 17 players for 15 spots, and will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday on hole No. 14 at The Country Club (7,310 yards, par 70).
Other notable first-round matches include: 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver vs. Greg Eason; Jim Liu vs. Chelso Barrett in a rematch of the 2010 U.S. Junior final match; Georgia Tech's Seth Reeves and red-hot Jordan Niebrugge.
Amateurgolf.com will have continuing coverage of the U.S. Amateur from The Country Club.