Ryan Ruffels finishes low amateur at Australian Open
Ryan Ruffels
Ryan Ruffels

ROSEBERY, Australia — After trailing other amateur players during the first three rounds at the Australian Open, native golfer Ryan Ruffels finished as low amateur with a final-round 68 pushing him into a tie for 21st place.

Ruffels entered Sunday as the fourth best amateur through 54 holes, trailing Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Jordan Niebrugge and Taiwan's Chun-An Yun. DeChambeau reached the weekend in a tie for 14th place, but posted 74-72 in the final two rounds and finished a shot behind Ruffels and tied for 30th place.

Ruffels shot 70 on day one, but struggled to 74-75 on Friday and Saturday before going 3-under on Sunday to make quite an impression amongst the professionals in the field, like winner Matt Jones, and runners-up Adam Scott and Jordan Speith.

Yun, like DeChambeau, carded 72 and tied for 30th. Niebrugge, a senior at Oklahoma State, fired 73 and finished 10 places back in 40th.

ABOUT THE Australian Open

The Australian Open is Golf Australia's National Open Men's Championship, and is sanctioned by the Australian PGA Tour and forms part of the ONEASIA series of events. Many of Australia's top amateurs qualify for the event.

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