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U.S. Amateur divots: Day 2 recap and morning playoff

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2010 at 10:20 am with No Comments »
August 25, 2010 10:21 am

Did we really need 312 golfers to get to this point?

So much golf.

So many high scores.

But after this morning’s playoffs – survivors included England’s Robert Leopold, Georgia’s Carter Newman, North Carolina’s Ricky Stout, California’s Brad Shaw, Pennsylvania’s Amory Davis and Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina – the field for 64 for match play at the 110th U.S. Amateur has been set.

Here was Craig Hill’s primer for that playoff.

What else we followed Tuesday:

• One older guy (Jeff Wilson), followed by two teenagers in or barely out of high school (Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Rodgers) set the pace in stroke play. As I wrote, a few big names did not follow suit.

• Chambers Bay won’t be as penal in the match-play format, so golfers should be more aggressive – unless the course dictates you be conservative, writes Craig Hill.

• Tacoma’s T.J. Bordeaux had a great relationship with his caddie/father, Tim – I’m the boss on the course, writes columnist Dave Boling.

• Columnist John McGrath examines what this pace-of-play stuff has really accomplished at the U.S. Amateur.

Visit our Website to view Joe Barrentine’s photo galleries and video interview, as well as some other tidbits about the players.

Leftover notes from Tuesday:

• One of the guys I did follow Tuesday, but really never fit into any of the stories is the guy – to-date – who has posted the best score at Chambers Bay. On Monday, Patrick Reed, of Augusta, Ga. – the star of NCAA champion Augusta State – shot a 3-under-par 68.

At The Home Course, he had the late tee time Tuesday – and followed up with a 77.

The last nine holes, he ended up carrying his bag most of the time. His hometown caddie did severe damage to an existing heel injury in the first round at Chambers Bay.

“I decided to pick up the bag the last nine most of it so he could be rested, and go into match play,” Reed said.

With his quick-play style, he seems to have a knack of knowing what shot to hit in a split second, and pulling it off. The husky, longer-haired standout really could make a run starting today.

“At least I got my bad round out of the way,” Reed said. “Every time we play in the U.S. Am, because it’s such a long week, you’re going to have a bad round – whether it comes early, whether it comes during match play. I’m glad I played well (Monday) and I could have it (Tuesday) so I could be fresh (today).”

He’s also been endlessly peppered with questions along the lines of, “How did you tame Chambers Bay, especially in the afternoon?”

“Honestly it fits my eye,” Reed said. “It’s one of those courses that … I feel comfortable on every tee shot, every iron shot.”

• Get asked a lot about how the players are seeded when they have the same two-round stroke-play score (such as Cantlay getting the No. 2 seed over Rodgers even though they had the same score).

Folks, it’s simple – a random USGA draw.

About today’s match-play openers:

• Our coverage plan, as of this morning, is that Hill will follow the two Olympia products – Jarred Bossio at 10:30 a.m. and Cameron Peck at 10:40 a.m. in the group behind.

McGrath gets to track the hometown hero, T.J. Bordeaux at 10:10 a.m.

I’ll be hanging out near the caddie shack. Two matches really intrigue me – Tim Jackson against NCAA champion Scott Langley at 9:50 a.m. and the one I’m going to walk around following – Peter Uihlein against talented incoming University of Washington recruit Cheng Tsung Pan at 12:50 p.m.

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