Australian amateur Jack Trent has completed a career-changing week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children tournament in Las Vegas by ending four rounds in the 60s.
Even a double bogey from the water at the 72nd hole could not dampen the enthusiasm for Queensland Trent, who made his PGA Tour debut this week in his hometown.
He finished with a 68 and finished in 14-under-par, finishing in the top 10 for his disappointing finish on the last day. By the time he signed, he was just in the top 30 and finished in 29th place.
Trent's story, first revealed on Inside The Ropes podcast last week, was extraordinary; he earned his place in the field by winning a major amateur tournament in Vegas in March, and was amazed that Adam Scott, one of his idols, offered to play a practice round with him.
Trent grew up on the Sunshine Coast, but left with his family in his teens and studied in high school in America before going to UNLV, where he is a junior and a member of the college golf team.
He will be playing college golf again this week, but the week in Vegas will be with him for a long time to come.
"It means a lot to me," he told television broadcaster after today's round. “It (Vegas) looks a bit like my new home after I moved from Australia. So, many familiar faces … I was a member here for a year and a half, so seeing familiar faces, family and friends means so much to me. And to put down a good performance for them, I think, makes it all worthwhile. "
Trents meeting with Scott this week has been another highlight.
"It was funny because the first time I met him, I was about 10 years old, about half his height and asked for his signature," he said.
"Now I look eye to eye, play with him and shoot with him. I have been dreaming about that for a long time. The fact that it is finally here makes me think that time is going pretty fast. But it's cool. I like it. "
Meanwhile, Cameron Smith ran home today with a 65 to finish 13th, best of the Aussies.
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