Sunnehanna Amateur: Will Murphy tops Sam Burns in playoff
JOHNSTOWN, Penn. (June 14, 2014) -- Will Murphy fired a final-round 69 and defeated Sam Burns in a three-hole aggregate playoff to win the 2014 Sunnehanna Amateur.
At Sunnehanna Country Club, Murphy, who plays at South Carolina, took home his second marquee victory of the year, adding the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur title to his win at the Azalea Invitational earlier this spring.
Heavy rain on Friday meant that the leaders had to finish their third rounds early Saturday morning. After all players had completed 54-holes, Murphy was a shot behind Burns, entering the final round. He matched Burns at the end of regulation thanks to a final-round of 1-under 69.
Burns, who'll play his college golf at LSU, carded rounds of 65-71-68-70, to take solo second in his best finish in a major amateur event. His opening round was the tournament's lowest.
Xander Schauffele of San Diego finished 67-69-68 to finish tied for third place alongside four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith. (Smith was the lowest mid-am finisher in the field, while reigning US Mid-Am champ Mike McCoy finished a solid T10.)
USC's Rico Hoey was fifth, finishing a shot ahead of Charlie Danielson, John Oda and Steven Ihm, the defending champion.
ABOUT THE Sunnehanna Amateur
The Sunnehanna Amateur was inaugurated in July of
1954 -- it was the first country club
sponsored 72-hole stroke play competition for
in the United States. The
tournament is played on a classic A.W. Tillinghast
design. Only one other amateur
tournament in the United States can list the likes of
Chick Evans, Arnold Palmer, Julius
Boros, Art Wall, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger
Woods, and Rickie Fowler as
contestants: the United States Amateur. Its medal
format has been emulated by
countless amateur tournaments across the country.
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