Hamilton Falls, 1-up, in U.S. Amateur Final
Aug. 27, 2001
ATLANTA - Former Cal golfer Robert Hamilton built an early lead, but couldn't hold on to it, dropping a 1-up decision to Bubba Dickerson in the final of the U.S. Amateur Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Hamilton, who finished his career with the Bears in 2000, won four of the first five holes in the 36-hole final and eventually grabbed a 5-up lead. Dickerson rallied, though, and trailed just 1-up after 18 holes.
On the second 18, the two went back-and-forth with neither player gaining more than a one-hole advantage.
But on the 36th and final hole, a 235-yard par-3, Dickerson put his tee shot 15 feet from the flag. However, Hamilton pulled his 3-iron into a bunker on the left side of the green. He needed two more strokes just to get onto the putting service. Dickerson then made his birdie putt for the victory.
'Going to 18, I still felt pretty good,' said Hamilton, who remained an amateur after graduating from Cal last year. 'I still had a chance to win. At the end of the day, that's all you can ask for.'
Hamilton reached the final by defeating Manuel Mirizale, 2 and 1, Saturday. Hamilton won four straight holes on the back nine, beginning at the 12th, by making pars each time.
By making the final, Hamilton received an automatic invitation to the 2002 Masters.