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Birthday boy has two-hole lead after 18 holes

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Aug. 29, 2010 at 11:35 am with No Comments »
August 29, 2010 11:35 am

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 and appears unfazed to be trailing again.

Chung shot the equivalent of a 3-under-par on the back nine and could only make up one hole. Although Chung nearly aced the 17th hole to pull within one hole before Uihlein chipped in on the 18th to go 2 up.

Chung also came within inches of acing the par-4 12th hole, but then missed his eight-foot eagle putt to split the hole.

Oklahoma State University’s Uihlein is the top-ranked amateur in the world and trying to win his first national championship. Chung is ranked fourth in the world.

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