U.S. Amateur Championship golf: USC's Sean Crocker loses in semifinals

Tim Cowie

USC men's golf star Sean Crocker opened a lot of eyes on the links this weekend, but his run in the U.S. Amateur Championship came to a close in Saturday's match play semifinal in Olympia Fields, Ill. Crocker suffered a 4-and-3 loss to defending NCAA champ Bryson DeChambeau, who is now vying to become the fifth golfer to ever win the collegiate title and U.S. Amateur trophy in the same year.

[Related: 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship scoreboard (USGA.com)]

Crocker figured to be the underdog at the start of this match, but he recorded birdies on hole No. 5 and hole No. 6 to bring the match all square. DeChambeau then took a two-hole lead by the time they reached the back nine, and won three of the last four holes before clinching the match on No. 15. 

Reaching the U.S. Amateur final four was just the latest in what's been a remarkable 2015 for Crocker, who won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors for his solid season with the Trojans.

DeChambeau, who plays collegiately at SMU, will play against University of Virginia's Derek Bard in Sunday's final at Olympia Fields Country Club.

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