DeChambeau finishes runner-up at Aussie Masters

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Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau came up two shots short of becoming the first amateur in history to win the Australian Masters.

DeChambeau shot a 4-under 67 Sunday to finish runner-up behind 56-year-old, three-time winner Peter Senior.

The 22-year-old ended up in a three-way tie for second with native Australians John Senden and Andrew Evans and immediately ahead of Adam Scott, who came in fifth.

The former SMU Mustang made five birdies against a lone bogey, posting rounds of 69-70-72-67.

“I call myself an amateur intern," DeChambeau told the Herald Sun. "I’m trying to get my feet into the professional ranks and feel what it’s like to be in those sorts of situations. ...

“I’m trying to do my best to prepare myself for the U.S. Masters as well as any other tournament I’m playing in the next couple of months."

After leaving SMU in the wake of its NCAA ban from postseason play, DeChambeau is expected to remain an amateur through at least the Masters.