U.S. Open: Kim takes low amateur honors
Michael Kim out of the rough at Merion. (USGA Photo)
Michael Kim out of the rough at Merion. (USGA Photo)

ARDMORE, Penn. (June 16, 2013) -- Michael Kim was in contention when the day started, but like so many other contenders at the U.S. Open's final day, Merion Golf Club took his best shot and shot it right back at him.

Kim, an incoming junior at top-ranked Cal, shot rounds of 73-70-71 to get within five shots of third-round leader Phil Mickelson. He struggled to a final-round 76 and finished nine back of winner Justin Rose and in a tie for 17th.

The impressive week-long effort earned him low-amateur honors as Kim bested fellow elite collegian, Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington.

Pan, who held a share of the lead early on Friday, opened play with a pair of 72s to easily make the cut. He shot 75-76 on the weekend to finish at 15-over for the week and in a tie for 45th.

Ireland's Kevin Phelan was the low amateur after a Round 1 71. He went 78-77-74 through the remainder of the week to finish tied for 62nd.

Cal senior Michael Weaver was the fourth and final amateur to make the weekend cut. The runner-up at last year's U.S. Amateur, Weaver shot rounds of 74-74-78-75 to take 64th place.

The remaining amateurs missed the cut at Merion Golf Club:

Chris Williams (75-74, 9-over)

Steven Fox (76-74, 10-over)

Gavin Hall (74-77, 11-over)

Max Homa (73-78, 11-over)

Cory McElyea (81-79, 20-over)

Grayson Murray (83-81, 24-over)

For complete coverage of the amateurs at the 2013 U.S. Open, see the links at the top of this article.

For full results, click the link below.

Results: U.S. Open
T17CAMichael KimDel Mar, CA90073-70-71-76--290
T45Chinese TaipeiCheng-Tsung PanChinese Taipei50072-72-75-76--295
T62IrelandKevin PhelanIreland50071-77-78-74--300
64CAMichael WeaverFresno, CA50074-74-78-75--301

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