US Amateur Day Four: Some rain and some pain ...
The second day of match play is in the books, on the slate, under the tarp, and the winners and losers have emerged. Without adieu, here are the cold, hard facts:
Euro Walker Cuppers march on…Oliver Fisher and Richie Ramsay squeeked by, on the 18th and 17th holes, respectively, to move into the round of 16.
J-Mo is No’ Mo’…Jonathan Moore will not take an NCAA-USA A double a la Ryan Moore, in 2006. J-Mo was dusted, 2 & 1, by the redoubtable Kyle “Crash” Davis.
C-Wa is See Ya’…Casey Watabu will not take a USA PL-USA A double, a la Ryan Moore, in 2006. C-Wa was erased, also 2 & 1, by Mid-Am hope Trip “I’m pissed I was left off the 2005 Walker Cup team” Kuehne.
Big Loser…a day after he was the golden boy, the son of surly, Kevin Tway, got blasted, 6 & 5, by the unfortunately-named Ryan Yip. Tway made only three bogeys (two on his last two holes), but no birdies against the 3-bird 0-boge performance of Yip-pee was doomed.
Overtime heroics…Webb Simpson went 19 holes (par to win), while Alex Prugh (hole 22) and Mark Strickland (hole 19) made birdies to capture their matches.
McLean and Martin…Two well-known collegiate players moved on, with the Horned Frog (Jon McLean) and the Spanish Cowboy (Pablo Martin) taking late victories over game opponents.
Fidel Junior says Vaya Cuba…Roberto Castro, no relation to Fidel, skunked Joe Bramlett, 3 & 2. “Castro” translates literally as “I castrate,” which ought frighten a few of his opponents down the road.
Other guys…Medalist Billy Horschel, some guys named Hodge and Swan (future law firm?) and some other guys named Kelly and Fowler, also advanced to the sweet sixteen.
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