Masterful Finish at Augusta for Nation's Top Am
10 Apr 2005
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Augusta, Georgia (April 10, 2005) -- Ryan Moore, the US Amateur Champion who in 2004 fashioned one of the best years by an amateur ever, capped a tremendous week at the Masters with a final round of 70 to finish in a tie for 13th place and guarantee an invite back next year.

Moore was paired with defending champion Phil Mickelson in three of the four tournament rounds, and showed poise and determination well beyond his 22 years. As he accepted the traditional award for low amateur from Hootie Johnson, Moore called the week "amazing" and said he couldn't have asked for anything more.

Luke List, of Vanderbilt University, who Moore defeated 2-up in last year's US Amateur at Winged Foot, matched Moore's final round of 70 and finished a very respectable T33rd. List's week began with an ace in the par 3 tournament, and he led all players in the tournament in driving distance, at 305.88 yards.

The other amateurs in the field, British Amateur Champion Stuart Wilson of Scotland, and U.S. Mid Amateur Champion Austin 'Ace' Eaton of New Hampshire failed to survive the 36 hole cut, but lived to see the weekend nonetheless, and were probably the only two players to enjoy the rain delays. Wilson had rounds of 82-82, while Eaton shot 81-77 (not bad given the fact that courses aren't open in the General Contractor's home state!).

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