Pac-12 golfers done at U.S. Amateur Championship
Washington’s Charlie Hughes, Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers and Cal’s Brandon Hagy all lost on Thursday, thus concluding the Pac-12’s stay at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass. Hughes and Rodgers advanced to the Sweet 16 before bowing out, while Hagy fell in the round of 32.
Hughes was straight coastin’ in the round of 32, knocking off Sebastian Cappelen of Denmark 4 & 3. ‘Twas a wire-to-wire job for Hughes, who won four of the first five holes and never let the lead get closer than three from the fourth hole onward. After wrapping things up on the 15th against the 18th-seeded Cappelen, Hughes then moved on to face No. 2 Brady Watt, who was a U.S. Amateur co-medalist alongside Neil Raymond.
A battle of Australia (Watt) vs. Canada (Hughes) turned into a down-under affair, with Watt winning 2 & 1 after taking charge for good on the eighth hole. It wasn’t quite a wire-to-wire victory for Watt, as the 2013 B.C. Amateur champion took a one-hole lead after parring the par-4 first while Watt bogeyed (the lead would only last one hole). The former Thurmondite made one last stand with a birdie on 15 to cut the advantage down to one, but Watt easily took the 17th to render an 18th hole irrelevant.
Patrick Rodgers shared the same fate as Hughes, winning his morning-round match and falling in the afternoon. The 56th-seeded Card was indeed able to avenge Michael Weaver’s loss to Greg Eason from the day before, knocking off the Golden Knight 3 & 2. After dropping the first hole to Eason, Rodgers roared back to take holes three through six and grab a three-hole lead. The Avon, Ind., native would retain control from there, never letting it get closer than two holes the rest of the way until the match concluded on 16 when both guys parred the par 3.
That was about all the success Rodgers would have on the day, as he fell to Corey Conners 5 & 3 in the round of 16. The Stanford man drilled a long birdie putt on No. 2 to square things up but fell behind for good on the very next hole with a bogey. Rodgers inched to within one after taking the seventh, but Conners took three of the next four to essentially put it out of reach.
Hagy wasn’t about that 18-hole life all match play in his Brookline time. After knocking off Ricardo Gouveia in 19 holes, Hagy lost a heartbreaking round of 32 tilt to 55th-seeded Scottie Scheffler in 20. A back-and-forth showdown, Hagy took a 2-up lead with a par on 13. ‘Twould be the only two-hole lead of the match, as Scheffler, the youngest player in the round of 32 at 17 years old, claimed the 14th and stayed within one until squaring it up on the 17th with a birdie to Hagy’s par. The Golden Bear then saved par with a short putt to send the match back to No. 1. After halving the 19th hole, Hagy hit a great chip shot out of the rough to get within a few feet of the cup for an opportunity to save par, but had his subsequent 4-footer lip out of the left side of the hole. That, combined with Scheffler’s par, ended Hagy’s stay in Brookline.
Still interested in following the U.S. Amateur? You can watch the quarterfinals Friday night from 6-8 p.m. PT on the Golf Channel before switching over to NBC for the semifinals and finals at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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