FINAL UPDATE: Players to Watch at the 2017 U.S. Am
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA (August 20, 2017) - Before the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship teed off Monday, we highlighted 18 "Players to Watch", a sampling of some of the players who have racked up big amateur wins this summer, who are jockeying for bids on the Walker Cup team, or who have climbed at or near the top of the world rankings.

Indeed, after the USGA's Walker Cup announcement Sunday, all 10 Walker Cuppers were on our list.

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Of the 18, Doug Ghim made it the farthest, coming about as close as one could come to winning before ultimately falling to Doc Redman in a brilliantly played 37 hole championship match at Riviera Country Club.

FINAL Players to Watch Leaderboard

Lost in the Championship Final
67-71--138 (T8) Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, IL
Beat Chris Waters 4&3, beat Sahith Theegala 19 holes, beat Joey Vrzich 3&2, beat Connor Syme 2&1, beat Theo Humphrey 2&1, lost to Doc Redman 37 holes

Lost in the Round of 16
68-70--138 (T8) Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, CA
Beat Blake Collyer 6&5, beat Dylan Perry 1 up, lost to Chun An Yu 2 up
74-69--143 (T49) Will Zalatoris, Plano, TX
Beat Philip Barbaree 1 up, beat Hugo Bernard 3&2, lost to Travis Smyth 2&1

Lost in the Round of 32
71-69--140 (T19) Dylan Perry, Australia
Beat Alex Smalley 19 holes, lost to Collin Morikawa 1 up
72-68--140 (T19) Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, CA
Beat Gavin Hall 19 holes, lost to Doug Ghim 19 holes
72-72--144 (T57) Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, MS (*advanced from 13-for-8 playoff)
Beat Joaquin Niemann 2 up, lost to Travis Smyth 3&2

Lost in the Round of 64
64-70--134 (2) Norman Xiong, Canyon Lake, CA
Lost to Billy Walthouse 2 up
68-69--137 (T6) Joaquin Niemann, Chile
Lost to Braden Thornberry 2 up
72-67--139 (T15) Maverick McNealy, Portola Valley, CA
Lost to Connor Syme 2&1
72-68--140 (T19) Sam Burns, Shreveport, LA
Lost to Shae Wools-Cobb 2&1
72-72--144 (T57) Derek Bard, New Hartford, NY (*advanced from 13-for-8 playoff)
Lost to Mark Lawrence, Jr. 4&3

Missed the cut for Match Play
69-75--144 (MC) Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, TX (*eliminated in 13-for-8 playoff)
72-74--146 (MC) Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, CA
70-77--147 (MC) Cameron Champ, Sacramento, CA
74-76--150 (MC) Alfie Plant, England
75-77--152 (MC) Brad Dalke, Norman, OK
76-79--155 (MC) Noah Goodwin, Corinth, TX
75-86--161 (MC) George Zahringer, New York, NY

The top 64 players advanced to match play after a 13-man playoff determined the final 8 spots early Wednesday morning.

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online in the spring at www.usga.org.

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