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Archives: Aug. 2010

Aug.
29th

Uihlein prevails over Chung (4 and 2) for U.S. Amateur title

USGA Mike Davis audio (8-29)

On his 21st birthday, Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein took an early lead, the held off Stanford’s David Chung, 4 and 2, in the championship match of the 110th U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.

“Yeah, it’s definitely the best birthday present I’ve ever had in my life,” the Cowboys star said.

Uihlein clinched it on the 16th green – a drivable par-4 hole – when his ball was 25 feet for eagle, and Chung was way left in the fescue grass after his drive.

Chung tried a flop shot that went dead left, and over

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Aug.
29th

Birthday boy has two-hole lead after 18 holes

A scorching-hot Peter Uihlein is 2 up on Stanford’s David Chung after 18 holes of the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.

Celebrating his 21st birthday Uihlein holed a pitch from the fringe of the 18th green to give himself the two-hole margin with 18 holes to go.

The final round starts at 11:45 a.m. NBC will televise the final round from 1-3 p.m. then coverage will switch to CNBC.

Uihlein shot the equivalent of a 66 in his morning round, taking a 3 up lead through five holes. Chung, the Western Amateur champ, rallied to win his last two matches

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Aug.
29th

U.S. Amateur divots: Day 6 recap, and showdown finally here

Spoke with Pierce County product Brian Mogg on Saturday afternoon. Asked the acclaimed teaching professional now in Florida, but once from Lakes High School, what he thought about today’s 36-hole championship match between David Chung and Peter Uihlein.

“I’m glad,” Mogg said. “I wanted to see a marquee matchup.”

This is about as marquee as it gets for 2010 – at least the way Chung has played, and the way Uihlein has been recognized as far back as his days in junior golf.

The Saturday angles covered this morning:

• Chung and Uihlein have a couple of Washington folks (Mogg,

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Aug.
28th

Hottest amateur (Chung) to meet No. 1 (Uihlein) in U.S. Am finals

David Chung versus Peter Uihlein.

Some of you could – and should – have won your 110th U.S. Amateur bracket with these two picks.

Chung took down reigning U.S. Am champion Byeong-Hun An, 1-up, while Uihlein upended teenager Patrick Cantlay, 4 and 3, in semifinal matches Saturday morning at Chambers Bay Golf Links.

The 36-hole championship match will start at 7 a.m. Sunday.

“Peter and I have played since we were 10 years old,” Chung said. “The first time I saw him was at Mid Pines and Pinehurst (in North Carolina). We were playing some junior tournament. … I’ve known him for a long time, and we’re really good friends.”

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Aug.
28th

U.S. Amateur divots: Day 5 recap, and semifinal picks

To think we had 312 golfers here just five days ago – four now remain. Four very solid amateur golfers, indeed.

No threat of stormy weather – wind or rain – this morning. Guys should be making birdies; I don’t think a string of pars will get the job done in the 110th U.S. Amateur semifinals.

Course looks like it will be stretched out as long as it has been all week. The fifth hole will play to the shorter green, however.

Morning links:

• Later in the tournament, the nerves are being felt, as I detailed today.

• Cantlay

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Aug.
27th

Four U.S. Amateur quarterfinal matches all go to the wire

Byeong-Hun An, the defending U.S. Amateur champion, might not have walked two full rounds Thursday – he posted 4-and-3 and 3-and-2 wins, so he only had to go 31 holes – but the toll was felt nevertheless.

And Friday was even more tiring – mentally.

“I felt more tired, I think because I have a tough opponent,” An said. “We played great golf. That’s why I was very tired. We didn’t make that many mistakes.”

All four quarterfinal matches came to the 18th hole – and in teenager Patrick Cantlay’s case, he went a couple extra holes.

All matches were

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Aug.
27th

U.S. Amateur divots: Day 4 recap and matches going on

No wind. Rain has held off. Chambers Bay Golf Links is as calm as grandma knitting in her rocking chair.

Four 110th U.S. Amateur quarterfinals are underway – and should be done by 2 p.m., at the very latest.

Some of our morning links:

• It’s getting late in the tournament, and a few of the notable favorites are still around, as my game story details.

• Teenager Patrick Cantlay is wise beyond his years, writes Craig Hill.

• Beyong-Hun An might be the most underappreciated defending champion in a while, columnist John McGrath writes.

• Live

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Aug.
26th

So this is links-style golf? Chambers Bay gets windy and mean

Langley audio (8-26)

Uihlein audio (8-26)

One of the marshals at Chambers Bay peered out to Puget Sound late Thursday afternoon, his hair blowing in all directions.

“Anytime you see whitecaps out there,” he said, “it means a 30 mph winds here.”

The teeth of Chambers Bay came in a different form Thursday – afternoon gusts that made it virtually impossible to match the birdie-fest conditions of Wednesday. It blew, blew and blew some more.

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