Amateur champ O'Sullivan fires 64 at Founders Cup

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PHOENIX – Reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Hannah O’Sullivan didn’t just make the cut Friday at the JTBC Founders Cup. She got herself in contention to the delight of hometown fans.

With a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 in the morning wave, O’Sullivan found herself among the top 15 on the leaderboard as she signed her scorecard. The 17-year-old senior at nearby Chandler Hamilton High School had a good local following.

“I just played pretty clean,” O’Sullivan said. “My ball striking was good. Whenever I missed a couple of shots, I was able to get up and down really well. My putting was very good.”

The day’s highlight came at the 15th, where O’Sullivan made eagle. She hit a 3-wood to 2 feet. O’Sullivan has already played in three major championships. She missed the cut as a 14-year-old at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, but she made the cuts in both her major championship starts last year, tying for 53rd at the U.S. Women’s Open and tying for 50th at the Evian Championship.

She will be among seven amateurs playing at the ANA Inspiration in two weeks.

O’Sullivan won a professional title last year, taking the Symetra Tour’s Gateway Classic in Mesa, Ariz., to become the youngest winner on that tour at 16 years, 9 months and 11 days old.

“I just take what I can from those experiences and apply it to today,” O’Sullivan said. “I'm very happy and thankful that I was able to do well and make the cut today.”