On his 21st birthday, Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein took an early lead, the held off Stanford’s David Chung, 4 and 2, in the championship match of the 110th U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.
“Yeah, it’s definitely the best birthday present I’ve ever had in my life,” the Cowboys star said.
Uihlein clinched it on the 16th green – a drivable par-4 hole – when his ball was 25 feet for eagle, and Chung was way left in the fescue grass after his drive.
Chung tried a flop shot that went dead left, and over a grass knoll. His third shot never got out of high rough, and finally he picked it up as a hole – and match – concession to the top-ranked American.
At one point, Chung went 10 consecutive holes without a victory – until the 28th hole with a par. He birdied the 11th to get to 2-down, but never got any closer – especially after a blown opportunity for eagle at the 12th, but he missed an 11-foot putt.
“I felt like when he messed up on (No.) 12, that was big because I felt like 13, 14 kind of played more into my hands,” Uihlein said.