He might have played his sloppiest round of the 110th U.S. Amateur championship, but top American golfer Peter Uihlein was not about to start in on himself.
“The way this golf course is set up,” Uihlein said, “it wasn’t a bad round.”
Uihlein put away Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo with a conceded birdie on the 18th hole to win, 2-up.
Grillo topped Uihlein at the stroke-play Copa de Las Americas event in Argentina last January.
Meanwhile, the ride for 17-year-old Patrick Rodgers, of Avon, Ind., ended in the round of 32 with 3-and-1 loss to Alex Ching, of Honolulu.
Rodgers, who was tied for second in stroke play behind medalist Jeff Wilson, made back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes – the last coming when his front-greenside chip ran 10 feet past the hole, and he missed the par-saver coming back.
“I’ll be back,” the 2011 Stanford-bound Rodgers said.
Joseph Bramlett was also a late survivor, but got home in two shots on the long, finishing par-5 18th. His putt from just off the green was close enough for a conceded birdie, and 1-up victory over victory over Tyler Sheppard, who mishit a shot from the left rough off the tee.