LONGKOU CITY, CHINA | It is understood that Australia has a powerful pair of players at the top of the professional game, with reigning Masters champion Adam Scott now No. 2 in the world and Jason Day at No. 16. Less well known, however, is the strength of amateur golf on the island continent and how it is anchored by its own dynamic duo, Oliver Goss and Brady Watt. Positioned seventh and ninth, respectively, in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, they have enjoyed very successful competitive seasons in 2013. And they made solid showings at last week’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, with Goss coming in seventh and Watt T8. The closeness of their rankings as well as their finishes here seems appropriate, for the lads have long been linked by the sport. Both grew up playing courses around the Western Australia capital of Perth, and they have battled in dozens of tournaments over the years, producing a series of epic encounters in the process. Such as the one at last year’s Western Australia Open, where Goss and Watt each birdied the last two holes of regulation to force a playoff. Then, they each birdied the first four holes of the playoff before Goss prevailed with a par on the fifth. More recently, they met in the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur, with Goss once again coming out on top, 2 up. “We seem to bring out the best in each other,” says Goss, who has assured himself a trip to Augusta National next spring as well as a spot in the U.S. Open as a result of his runner-up finish in the Amateur.