Jeffrey Guan is the last Aussie standing in the US Junior Amateur at Brandon Dunes, Oregon, after a commanding win in the opening round of the knockout phase.
The two-time Australian Junior champion, who qualified for the matchplay section as the 37th seed, overcame German 28th seed Tiger Christensen 7&5 in a dominant performance that included a stunning five-hole streak on the front nine.
The birdie-par-par-par-birdie run from the third to seventh catapulted Guan to a five-hole lead against his hapless opponent.
Guan credited his peerless display to a renewed sense of trust in his routine after a relatively quiet performance (in his terms) during the qualifying rounds.
“There was a bit more trust in the process today,” Guan said after his win.
“My dispersion was a lot tighter, and it gave me more makeable birdie chances.
“I holed a couple of putts, and was able to build momentum against my opponent.”
He will now face American number five seed Nicholas Gross in the round of 32 – Gross was 3 up through nine holes in his match against fellow American Weston Jones – to keep his hopes of more success on US soil alive.
Guan won the UNIQLO/Adam Scott Junior Championship by eight strokes in February and victory here would make him the second Australian to lift the trophy in this event after Min Woo Lee in 2016.
The only other Australian to progress to the matchplay section, Victorian Harvey Young, was knocked out by American Mason Snyder 3&2 after completing the stroke play component as the 12th seed.