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16 still playing for last five spots

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Aug. 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm with No Comments »
August 24, 2010 8:45 pm

After two days of golf, there are still 16 players vying for six spots in the tournament that will determine the U.S. Amateur champion. The players all shot six-over 149’s and tied for 59th place.

A hole-by-hole playoff with start this morning at 7:15 a.m. on the par-4 10th hole at Chambers Bay.

The 16 players will be paired into four groups of four and each group will play the ninth hole then wait for all of the other groups to finish the hole. After the hole several things could happen. Some players could earn a spot in tournament, some could be eliminated, some could move to No. 11 for another playoff hole or all three.

With six spots available, if six or fewer players shoot better than the rest of the field on the first hole they will clinch a spot in the tournament.

However, anybody who does not post a score as good as the top six golfers on the hole will be eliminated.

If there are still too many players tied for the remaining tournament spots after the hole, the same elimination process will be played out again on the 11th hole. The playoff will then move to the 16th, 17th then 18th hole.

Last year 27 players tied for the final four spots in the tournament. The playoff took four holes.

Sometimes the playoffs go quickly and sometimes they can take a considerable amount of time, said USGA spokesman Pete Kowalski.

The 64-player match play tournament gets underway at 9 a.m. but the matches involving playoff players are scheduled later in the day so those players have time to eat and rest between the playoff and the tournament.

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