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Viktor Hovland Becomes First Norwegian to Win the U.S. Amateur Championship

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Viktor Hovland, of Norway, capped a dominant week of golf with a 6-and-5 victory over Devon Bling on Sunday in the 36-hole final of the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a convincing win that was highlighted by a pair of improbable recoveries on the opening 18 of the 36-hole final.

“I always thought I had a pretty good vocabulary, but I’m lost for words,” said Hovland, whose lone previous victory was the Valspar Collegiate event in 2018. “It’s really special. I’ve only won once before, and to win the U.S. Amateur as my second win is really cool. I just hope it’s the start of something great.”

Hovland, 20, who is No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and a junior at Oklahoma State University, tied the record for the fewest holes needed to earn the Havemeyer Trophy (104) since the current match-play format was adopted in 1979. Hovland managed to make an incredible birdie from the ice plant some 40 feet down an embankment to the right of the fourth green to win that hole, then saved par to halve the 18th hole after hitting his tee shot into the water, preserving his 4-hole advantage over Bling through the lunch break.

“If you don’t make putts, it’s very hard to make or get momentum,” said Hovland, who helped Oklahoma State win its 11th NCAA title in May. “I felt in a couple places I made the right putts at the right time or I hit the right shots at the right time, especially against Cole Hammer [in Saturday’s semifinals]. This week, when I had to make a putt, I made the putt or hit the shot that I needed to.”

Bling, 18, a sophomore at UCLA, made seven birdies in his semifinal victory over Isaiah Salinda on Saturday, but he made six bogeys in the morning against Hovland, and on two occasions when it appeared that he had the advantage, Hovland stole it back.

On the 292-yard, par-4 fourth hole, with the match all square, Hovland drove over the cliff to the right of the green, while Bling found a greenside bunker. Hovland confirmed that it was his ball, then climbed down the ice plant-covered hillside with his 60-degree wedge.

“The slope was pretty steep, and I kind of slid on the way down there,” said Hovland. “I didn’t want to fall when I hit the shot, so I was just trying to make contact. I had a perfect lie, so the contact wasn’t really the big issue. It was just getting the right line and obviously the right distance. It was a hit-and-hope moment, and it ended up pretty sweet.”

Hovland knocked the ball to 2½ feet for a winning birdie and a lead he would not relinquish. He won three consecutive holes with pars on Nos. 8-10, then made a birdie on No. 11 for a 5-up lead. Hovland’s advantage would never slip below 4 holes the rest of the way.

“It wasn’t really surprising to me,” said Bling of Hovland’s birdie on No. 4. “He’s a great player. He’s in the championship match. You’ve got to hit shots like that to get there. It wasn’t too surprising, but definitely did hurt a little bit.”

Hovland lost the par-3 17th, and was in danger of losing No. 18 after his tee shot found the water. But he made a 12-foot putt to save par from the front bunker and keep Bling from winning consecutive holes and take momentum into the lunch break. Bling then bogeyed the first hole of the afternoon to go 5 down, and Hovland matched two of Bling’s three birdies to blunt any charge. When Bling made a sloppy double bogey on No. 11, the 29th hole of the match, it was all but over, and matching pars on No. 13 sealed the 6-and-5 verdict.

“I definitely felt like he could win this championship,” said Alan Bratton, Hovland’s coach at Oklahoma State and his caddie for the week. “Look at the year he had for us and how well he played in the British Amateur and the European Amateur. He’s the No. 5 amateur in the world. He’s a very solid, consistent player, and he showed that this week.”

Bling will join Hovland at Pebble Beach next June for the 119th U.S. Open and both players also earn a likely invitation to the Masters Tournament in April, provided they remain amateurs. Hovland is also exempt into the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

“It wasn’t the day I was hoping for, but I played really well all week,” said Bling, a rising sophomore at UCLA who had plenty of Bruin supporters following him on the weekend. “It’s just the beginning, it’s not the end. Now I get to look forward to the U.S. Open and the Masters, so that’s definitely a lot of positives coming out of this week.”

 

 

Pebble Beach site to shine foe the 118th US Amatuer

It is hard to pick a better place to play in a golf tourney then Pebble Beach. The country's oldest golf championship will turn into fantasy land for who ever wins it.

The champion gets a spot in next year's US Open, at Pebble Beach. The 2018 US Amatuer will be in some ways a test run for next year's US Open. Look for the fairways to be narrow, the greens fast and the rough thick.

Whoever wins this one will earn that return trip to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula next June.

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

This is the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship. The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in America, one day older than the U.S. Open.

Other than an eight-year period from 1965-1972, when it was contested at stroke play, the Amateur has been a match-play championship.

Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most prestigious of all amateur titles.

Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Littler, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Trophy.

It was, however, legendary amateur Bob Jones who first attracted national media coverage and sparked spectator attendance at the U.S. Amateur.

Jones won the championship five times (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928 and 1930). His 1930 victory was a landmark moment in golf history when, at Merion Cricket Club in Ardmore, Pa., Jones completed the Grand Slam, winning the four major American and British championships in one year.

Sixty-six years later, in 1996, Woods attracted similar interest and enthusiasm at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., when he won a record third straight U.S. Amateur, having registered 18 consecutive match-play victories.

In 1994, Woods, at 18, had first entered the record book as the youngest ever to win the U.S. Amateur, following his three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur titles (1991-1993).

That record for youngest champion has since been broken, first by 18-year-old Danny Lee in 2008 at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., and then in 2009, when 17-year-old Byeong-Hun An won at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., with a 7-and-5 victory over Ben Martin of Greenwood, S.C.

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Brooks Koepa overcomes Shinnecock Hills to win the 118th US Open

It a weekend that saw score after score go thru the roof Brooks fought back from being 7-over par on Friday to win back to back US Opens. It was the first time that has happened since Curtis Strange did the trick back in 1988-89. More click here

 

 

 

 

Ted Potter Jr tames the field and Pebble Beach

Photo by Jason Reed

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Heading into the final round Sunday The last name anybody was paying attention to was the one in first place.

With the Likes of Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, all just three strokes off the lead, who knew Ted Potter Jr. would be the one taking home his second PGA Tour title.

After losing a shot on the first hole Sunday to Johnson Potter Jr. took control over the next six holes to move three strokes ahead on the strength of four birdies.

And there he would stay. Three strokes ahead of Day, World #1 Johnson and Phil who made the biggest push of the day with a final round of 65. Phil's chances ended when he found a bunker on his second shot that fell just short of the 18th green.

It cost him a chance at an Eagle which would have left him a shot behind Potter Jr. It would not have mattered. After sinking a birdies putt on seven Ted played even par the rest of the course to come home with a four day total of 270.

Chad Reavie threw his hat into the ring with a hot front nine (5-birdies) and ended up sharing second with Johnson, Day and Mickelson.

 

 

The 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am is set to Rock and Roll

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Heading into the final round Sunday The last name anybody was paying attention to was the one in first place.

With the Likes of Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, all just three strokes off the lead, who knew Ted Potter Jr. would be the one taking home his second PGA Tour title.

After losing a shot on the first hole Sunday to Johnson Potter Jr. took control over the next six holes to move three strokes ahead on the strength of four birdies.

And there he would stay. Three strokes ahead of Day, World #1 Johnson and Phil who made the biggest push of the day with a final round of 65. Phil's chances ended when he found a bunker on his second shot that fell just short of the 18th green.

It cost him a chance at an Eagle which would have left him a shot behind Potter Jr. It would not have mattered. After sinking a birdies putt on seven Ted played even par the rest of the course to come home with a four day total of 270.

Chad Reavie threw his hat into the ring with a hot front nine (5-birdies) and ended up sharing second with Johnson, Day and Mickelson. More click here

 

 

 

 

 

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