Cheating allegations taint amateur golfer Hagestad's US Masters performance

His father, John Hagestad, said he took Stewart golfing for the first time when he was about 4 years old.

"(Hagestad) is one (amateur) in a big field and I'm not here to just play against amateurs, I'm here to play against professionals as well", he said.

"They firmly, firmly believed that if they didn't have fun, I wasn't going to play well, "Hagesta said". "But it's not my decision and all I can do is to try and like I said, build my resume, build the case that I would be a good representative".

Two days after becoming the first U.S. Mid-Amateur champion since 1989 to make the cut at the Masters, Hagestad shot 1-over 73 Sunday to cap a 6-over performance this week, three shots better than Luck.

"Hey, we're playing Augusta National on Sunday, the day before my (26th) birthday and it's a flawless day", he said. It doesn't get much better than this, ' " Hagestad said.

"I didn't hit it my best and still made the cut, that's always a really good sign at a major".

"But, yeah, I've felt ready for the last four or five months, and now having all this experience playing these professional events over the last three months in particular, I feel like I'm ready to compete at this level".

"Yeah, it's been an wonderful week", said Luck, who will turn professional and play the Valero Texas Open in two weeks. "It's something I've long thought about and to have it come to fruition is an absolute dream come true".

2016 was a phenomenal year for the young West Australian; it started by winning his State Open against the Professionals on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, it was epitomised with his win at the U.S. Amateur Championship and he placed an exclamation mark on it by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship.

Two-time US PGA Tour victor Brett Ogle told the Australian Golf Digest that most have been pleasantly surprised by how well Scott has been playing since the rule change. Right now we have four; we're working on the fifth at the moment. "I'm hoping that I'll be here in the future, hopefully next year would be nice".

"It just depends on my schedule and what invites I get". "Hopefully they stuck to their part of the bargain, because I feel like I stuck to mine". "It's a really, really special week for me and I'm sure the emotions will hit me here at some point".

  • Julie Sanders