Amateur Cooper Musselman wins Kentucky Open
(Kentucky Golf House Photo)
LOUISVILLE, KY (July 27, 2017) - For the third-time in the last four years Cooper Musselman finished as the low amateur at the Kentucky Open, the only difference was this time he bested all the professionals in the field as well.
Musselman, a senior at Kentucky, closed with a bogey-free final round 4-under 67 at Hurstbourne Country Club to finish 7-under and as a one-stroke winner.
Beginning the final day in three-way tie for second and one shot back Musselman began quickly with birdies on Nos. 1, 4 and 6 to move in front as the field headed for the second nine. With momentum fully on his side Musselman did just enough to capture the title on the back nine adding a birdie on No. 10 and the rest pars on the final nine.
Runner-up Logan Hogge had a chance to force a playoff but he bogeyed the final hole to drop to 6-under. Hogge started the final round 1-over but charged hard turning in 3-under 32 and at 2-under for the tournament. Still pushing the envelope Hogge, who fired a course record 7-under 64 on Thursday, eagled the par-5 10th and then birdied Nos. 15-17 consecutively to reach 7-under.
The top-five was rounded out by Andrew Stephens and Patrick Newcombe in a tie for third at 5-under while Nicklaus Newcombe took fifth at 4-under.
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54-hole stroke play event for professionals and
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