Harsh lessons for Moran as final day 79 thwarts his Aussie Am hopes

Ronan MacNamara
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Robert Moran (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Robert Moran’s Australian Amateur hopes went up in smoke on the final day as he slumped to a disappointing 79 to finish well off the pace in New South Wales Golf Club.

Moran held a share of the overnight lead on nine-under but ended the tournament thirteen shots adrift on two-under and in a share of 25th place.

Having edged two shots clear of the field after 53 holes, the Castle golfer lost all his momentum with a closing double-bogey seven on Thursday and he was unable to wrestle it back in the final round as he blotted his card with two triple bogeys which ultimately put paid to his chances.

In an edgy start, the 23-year-old dropped an early shot on the third but his chances were all but ended after a seven on the par-4 7th.

Birdies on 8 and 12 were cancelled out by dropped shots on 9 and 11 and Moran looked to be making a respectable comeback after picking up a birdie on 14 before disaster struck once more.

The Dubliner dropped four shots in two holes with another seven on 15 and a bogey on 16 in what was another gut wrenching punch to the stomach.

Moran wasn’t the only one to suffer the final day blues, G4D World Number One Kipp Popert also finished on two-under after a final round of 77.

A fantastic final round of 66 saw joint overnight leader Kazuma Kobori take the title by two strokes on fifteen-under as he held off Arron Edwards-Hill.

The New Zealander carded an eagle on the par-5 fifth and two birdies in his last three holes helped him shake off the challenge of Edwards-Hill whose valiant effort included a bogey-free 67.

Japan’s Taishi Moto finished tied with the Englishman on thirteen-under but late bogeys halted his charge.

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