Ardmore, Pa. (August 25, 2005) -– Anthony Kim, 20, of LaQuinta, Calif.,
who played on the winning USA Walker Cup team earlier this month, sank a 12-foot
birdie putt on the first extra hole Thursday afternoon to seal a come-from-behind
win in his third-round match against Jay Choi, 21, of Cerritos, Calif., at the
U.S. Amateur at historic Merion Golf Club. Kim and 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Austin Easton, 36, of North Sutton, N.H., were two of the eight who advanced to
the quarterfinals on Friday.
Kim had an easy time beating Wade Simpson, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., in the second
round, 4 and 2, but struggled to get by Choi in the afternoon. He needed one-putt
pars on the final three holes of regulation just to stay square with Choi before
closing the match with a birdie at the 19th hole.
"He hit it better than me all day," said Kim of his opponent. "If
anyone who didn’t know golf was watching that match, they wouldn’t
believe that I actually won. I guess I’m living on the edge, but there
are glimpses of better ball-striking out there. So I’m excited about tomorrow."
Eaton defeated Great Britain and Ireland Walker-Cupper Rhys Davies of Wales
in his third round match, 1 up, after beating 18-year-old Korean-born Seung-Su
Han in his second-round match, 3 and 1.
"I don’t know how I fit in," said Eaton, who is in the house
construction business with his father. "This is uncharted territory for
me. Normally, I’m used to playing against guys with jobs."
Three Canadians are among the five international golfers still alive. The Canadians
are J.C. Deacon, 22; Mark Leon, 23; and Ryan Yip, 20. Dawie van der Walt, 22,
of South Africa, and Edoardo Molinari, 24, of Italy, were also double winners.
Dillon Dougherty, 22, of Evanston, Ill., a senior at Northwestern who once caddied
for Tiger Woods when he played at Stanford, also advanced.
"We are starting to come out and show ourselves at these national tournaments,"
said Yip, a member of the newly-created Canadian National Team. "We’re
going to have a lot more great Canadian amateurs soon. I can see it happening."
Play continues through the 36-hole final scheduled for Sunday on NBC, with
the winner earning exemptions into next year’s U.S. Open, British Open
and Masters Tournament, if he remains an amateur.
The Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United
States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. The Amateur
is the Association’s oldest championship, first played in 1895.
Results of Thursday’s second and third rounds of match
play at the U.S. Amateur at the par 35-35—70, 6,846-yard Merion Golf Club:
Second Round Results
Dane Burkhart, Aiken, S.C. (144) def. James Lepp, Canada (135), 2 and 1.
Dillon Dougherty, Woodland, Calif. (143) def. Gary Wolstenholme, England (143),
4 and 2.
Ryan Yip, Canada (146) def. Brett Stegmaier, Hamden, Conn. (145), 2 up.
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (146) def. David Denham, Tifton, Ga. (144), 6 and
Mark Leon, Canada (144) def. Billy Hurley, Leesburg, Va., (146), 1 up.
Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif. (146) def. David Lutterus, Australia (143), 4
George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. (145) def. Oliver Fisher, England (146), 5
J.C. Deacon, Canada (146) def. Nathan Smith, Brookville, Pa. (143), 3 and 2.
Korey Mahoney, East Lansing, Mich. (139) def. Brad Tilley, Chappaqua, N.Y. (144),
Dawie Van Der Walt, South Africa (143) def. Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs,
Fla. (143), 1 up.
Matthew Swan, Montgomery, Ala. (146) def. Michael Sim, Australia (145), 19 holes.
Edoardo Molinari, Italy (146) def. Matthew Every, Daytona Beach, Fla. (145),
Jay Choi, Korea (140) def. Ryan Blaum, Coral Gables, Fla. (144), 4 and 3.
Anthony Kim, LaQuinta, Calif. (146) def. Webb Simpson, Raleigh, N.C. (143),
4 and 2.
Austin Eaton III, North Sutton, N.H. (141) def. Seung-Su Han, Las Vegas, Nev.
(144), 3 and 1.
Rhys Davies, Wales (145) def. Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. (146), 4 and
Third Round Results
1:15 p.m. –Dougherty def. Burkhart, 2 and 1.
1:25 p.m. – Yip def. Harman, 1 up.
1:35 p.m. – Leon def. Chappell, 1 up.
1:45 p.m. – Deacon def. Zahringer, 1 up.
1:55 p.m. – van der Walt def. Mahoney, 5 and 4.
2:05 p.m. – Molinari def. Swan, 3 and 2.
2:15 p.m. – Kim def. Choi, 19 holes.
2:25 p.m. – Eaton vs. Davies
Pairings for Friday’s quarterfinal round of match play
at the U.S. Amateur at the par 35-35—70, 6,846-yard Merion Golf Club (Times
12:15 p.m. – Dillon Dougherty, Woodland, Calif. (143) vs. Ryan Yip, Canada
12:30 p.m. – Mark Leon, Canada (144) vs. J.C. Deacon, Canada (146)
12:45 p.m. – Dawie van der Walt, South Africa (143) vs. Edoardo Molinari,
1:00 p.m. – Anthony Kim, LaQuinta, Calif. (146) vs. Austin Eaton III,
North Sutton, N.H. (141)