UPDATE: Hunter golfer Dylan Perry is two wins away from a spot in the US Masters, US Open and British Open after moving into the final four at the British Amateur at Royal St George’s.
Perry was the only Australian into the match-play quarter-finals on Friday night, where he completed his third nailbiting victory in a row.
Perry, who moved this year to Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, beat France’s Frederic Lacroix one-up on Thursday then edged out American Hayden Springer on the 19th hole in the round of 16.
The world No.65 then beat Norway’s Jarle Volden on the final hole on Friday night in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final against Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti starting 10pm Friday AEST.
Perry and Volden went toe-to-toe as the lead changed five times in 18 holes, and neither was more than one hole up at any time.
They went to the final hole all square, but Volden took bogey while Perry had a par.
Volden had beaten 2016 Australian rankings winner Harrison Endycott 3&2 in the round of 32. West Australian Min Woo Lee also lost in that round and Victoria’s Zach Murray bowed out in the round of 16.
Perry won the 2016 Queensland Amateur and Victorian Amateur to finish on the Australian rankings and has surpassed his performance at the British Amateur last year, when he made the final 16.
Perry, who played at The Vintage until January, shot four under in the stroke rounds at Royal St George’s and Prince’s with scores of 68 and 70 to progress straight into the match-play second round.
The winner will be crowned on Saturday and will gain entry to the British Open next month and the 2018 US Masters and US Open.
Charlestown’s Blake Windred bowed out in the round of 64 in a tournament which attracts 288 of the world’s best amateurs.