WODONGA’S Zach Murray has finished tied for 48th at the Junior PLAYERS championship at the iconic TPC Sawgrass course in Florida.
Murray faded on the back nine of the Stadium Course on Sunday with a triple and double bogey in his last four holes after starting the day in a tie for 34th spot.
A couple of errant shots on the first day of the three-day tournament, on Friday, also on the Stadiums course, left him well off the pace.
The tees and pin placements matched the third round of the Players Championship won by Tiger Woods in May.
The 16-year-old, on his first international trip, shot a first-round 77, a three-over par 73 on day two at the Dye Valley course before his 81 on the final day for 231.
Wodonga’s John Mahony, who was at Sawgrass for the event, said the Wodonga junior, invited to the competition for the best 78 juniors in the world by Golf Australia, had shown great composure early on.
“On the Friday, he began the second nine with a splendid birdie at the 423-yard first hole,” he said.
“But disaster struck at the second, his 11th of the day, when his drive finished in the second cut.
“A tough second shot lead to a double bogey, his major blemish of the day.
“He finished his second nine in great fashion, hitting a hybrid on the 237 yard eighth to 4 metres and then setting up a three-metre birdie opportunity on the par 5 ninth.
“After the round, Murray described his golf as steady but one of missed opportunities.”
Murray started the second day by holing a short uphill chip from the right hand side of the first for birdie.
He finished the day with just 28 putts, having not three-putted on the first two days.
“I was happy with all of my golf today except for three shots,” Murray told Mahony.
“You just cannot make a mistake here and get away with it.”
The winner of the title, despite a final round blowout, was Florida’s Austen Truslow.
He had a three-round total of one-under par 213.