The battle of NCAA champions lived up to its billing Thursday morning at the U.S. Amateur with Scott Langley of the University of Illinois beating Patrick Reed of Augusta State on the 19th hole to advance to this afternoon’s third round.
Reed, a member of the Augusta State national championship team, conceded the 19th hole – Hole No. 1 – after an errant tee shot and an approach shot that fell short of the green and rolled about 100 feet back toward him.
After Langley, the individual NCAA champ, was in the bunker on his second shot and chipped out safely just before Reed conceded.
“That was the first real mistake he made all day since the first hole in the morning,” Langley said of Reed’s 19th hole tee shot.
Ironically, Reed had double-bogeyed the first hole when the match began but still won when Langley recorded eight on the par 4 hole most golfers calling the hardest on the course. “I gave him a Christmas present,” Langley said.
Reed led for the first 13 holes. The golfers did not split any of the final nine holes.
“That’s the definition of back-and-forth,” Langley said.
Langley advances to play Ryan McCarthy of Australia this afternoon at 1:25 in the round of 16. McCarthy beat Maryland’s Brent Martin this morning 3-and-2.
Reed also won his first round match on the 19th hole.
“Those matches are fun,” Langley said. “It’s a lot more fun for me now that I’ve won.”
He says he’ll eat some lunch and work on his putting before this afternoon’s match.
Also advancing so far this morning.
– Brad Benjamin of Illinois plays David Chung of North Carolina at 1:15 p.m.
– Max Homa of California plays Harris English of Georgia at 1:35
– Connor Arendell of Florida plays Patrick Cantlay of California at 1:55
– Defending champion Byeong-Hun An has also advanced is waiting to see who he will play at 1:45 p.m.