Medalist already out at US Amateur Publinx

RSS

USGAAURORA, Colo. -- Brady Johnson provided the stunner of the day Wednesday by beating medalist Aaron Goldberg, 5 and 4, in the first round of match play of the 83rd U.S. Amateur Public Links.
 
I missed a couple of short putts, but I still didnt hit the ball very well, said Goldberg. Brady played well. He deserved to win. He played a lot better than I did.
 
Johnson, a 20-year-old junior-to-be at Brigham Young, had his own take on what he considered one of his greatest accomplishments. Johnson earned the last match-play spot Tuesday by winning a 10-man playoff.
 
Everybody has a good day. Everybody has a bad day, Johnson said. I got lucky today with the combination of the two.
 
Canadas Johnson benefited from both in the first two holes. He watched Goldberg miss a couple of putts to start the match and sank a 4-foot birdie on No. 2 to go 1 up.
 
I think winning the second hole was nice, Johnson said. It might have gotten his attention a little bit.
 
Johnson made the turn 2 up, then won Nos. 10 and 12. He closed out the match with an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 15.
 
Goldberg became only the third medalist beaten in a first-round match of match play since 2000. The previous two were Mark Harrell (2007) and Isaac Jimison (2002).
 
Second-seeded Rickie Fowler had an easy time beating Michael Knott of Buffalo, 4 and 2. Fowler struggled down the stretch when Knott won two holes.
 
I started out making a bunch of pars and I was able to grab some cushion when Michael had a rough start, said Fowler. Towards the end I got a few bad breaks and gave two holes back on 14 and 15.
 
I finally made two putts today. Thats two more than I made the previous two days.
 
Three other top 10 golfers besides Goldberg were eliminated.
 
Third-seeded Zachary Zaremba lost to Zach Sebert, 1 up. Dan Whitaker defeated eighth-seeded Travis Reid, 2 up; and ninth-seeded Kevin Aylwin lost to Peter Malnati, 4 and 2.