Doc Redman makes big late rally to win US Amateur
Doc Redman makes big late rally to win US Amateur
Ghim was 2 up heading to the 35th hole of the two-round final at Riviera Country Club, but Redman made a stunning 60-foot eagle putt to win the hole with the tournament on the line. Redman then holed a short, tricky birdie putt on the 18th to force overtime.
Ghim put his tee shot in the rough and his second shot in the sand on the extra hole — the 10th. After Ghim’s bogey putt missed, he conceded the hole and the title to Redman.
“It’s awesome,” Redman said. “All the hard work paid off, obviously.”
Redman and Ghim, a senior at the University of Texas, will be teammates in Walker Cup competition in three weeks at Los Angeles Country Club, where a 10-man team of American amateurs will face a team from Britain and Ireland.
The 62nd-seeded Redman is a 19-year-old sophomore at Clemson, and he followed a thoroughly improbable route to become the second Tiger to raise the Havemeyer Trophy after Chris Patton in 1989. He followed up a solid freshman year at Clemson by reaching the final of the Western Amateur, but gave little suggestion he was ready to make history at Riviera.
Redman became the second-lowest seed to win the title since 1985. He is the first champion to advance through the playoff to match play since Steven Fox — the lowest seed ever to win the Amateur at No. 63 — did it in 2012.
Ghim and Redman advanced comfortably through match play during the week on the famed course in Pacific Palisades. When they began the final under cloudy coastal conditions Sunday morning, they were practically even for the first 30 holes, with neither player taking a lead larger than 2 up.
Redman was 1 up with eight holes left in regulation, but Ghim won the 11th when Redman missed a short putt. Ghim took the lead on the 13th when Redman struggled to a bogey, and Ghim went 2 up when Redman missed a 4-foot par putt on the 16th.
The trophy appeared to be in Ghim’s hands — but it was snatched away on the final holes. Ghim, a Chicago-area native who wore a Cubs cap Sunday, also got to the verge of winning the 2014 US Amateur Public Links title before blowing his lead on the final hole.
“We worked for everything,” Ghim said. “There wasn’t even that many holes won. Unfortunately I just didn’t come out on the winning end, but I have a lot to learn.”
Redman barely reached match play through a playoff, getting through 13 players for one of eight spots Wednesday morning after two days of stroke play. Doc — that’s his given name, not a nickname — did not stress about making the field, going to a Dodgers game on Tuesday night instead of staying glued to his phone.
Redman is an unlikely champion, but he showed a tenacious head-to-head competitive spirit in match play. He won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches 1 up, taking the 18th hole in each round.
Rory McIlroy ready to roll back the years in search of more Major glory at the Open
- Former world No.1 without a Major victory in four years.
- McIlroy looking to play carefree as he goes in search of second Claret Jug.
Rory McIlroy knows what he needs to do to win the Open this weekend: Play as if it does not matter and go for broke.
The world No. 8 has won four Majors but, by his high standards, is in a bit of a slump, having not got his hands on one of the four big titles since 2014. That win came at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, which came barely a month after his only Open victory at Royal Liverpool.
He tees it up at Carnoustie today with five top-fives this season, but only one win. However, with ever expectant fans and a game that when on song is better than anyone else’s there is expectation he can claim Major No.5 this weekend.
The Northern Irishman’s first Open came at Carnoustie 11 years ago and he is aiming to play the famous links in the same carefree attitude he did as a teenager, and hopes that lands him another Claret Jug.
“I do need to get back to that attitude where I play carefree and I’m just happy to be here,” the 29-year-old said.
“(2007) was my first Open — I was just trying to soak everything in and I was just so grateful to be here. I think that’s a big part of it — if you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll be successful.
“As you get a little older, you get a little more cautious in life — it’s only natural. For me, it’s more about playing with the freedom and I don’t want to say being naive but there is something nice about being young and being oblivious to some stuff.
“When we last played The Open here, I was bouncing down the fairways and didn’t care if I shot 82 or 62 because I was just happy to be here. The more I can get into that mindset, the better I’ll play.”
For McIlroy that may well involve using the driver more than some of his rivals. The heatwave the UK has been experiencing has seen the fairways run firm and fast with many of his rivals such as Tiger Woods saying they will mostly hit irons off the tee. But for McIlroy the game plan will change from day to day.
“There’s not going to be one player in this field with a game plan on Wednesday night who will to stick to that the whole way around for 72 holes,’’ McIlroy said. “It’s just not going to happen with wind conditions, with pins. You start to feel a little bit more comfortable with a few shots, and you might start to take some on.
“It’s going to be really interesting, I think, because the golf course is playing so firm and fast, there’s some guys that will see it completely different to the way I see it and vice versa. It’s going to be really interesting to see how it all plays out.’’