Armstrong wins Western Amateur with hole-out eagle

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Dawson Armstrong on Saturday holed-out for eagle from a greenside bunker to defeat Aaron Wise on the second sudden-death playoff hole and win the Western Amateur.

Wise had a 25-foot putt to extend the match but was unable to make it, giving Armstrong the win.

“When we got up there, my dad told me, ‘You’ve had a lot of great shots but none have gone in. Let’s try to knock this in,'" said Armstrong, who had his father on the bag.

“I ran up about two feet, saw it hit the pin and drop in, and that was really neat.”

En route to the final, Armstrong, who just finished his freshman year at Lipscomb University, took down Alabama's Robby Shelton and Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge. Shelton finished third last month at the Barbasol Championship, played opposite the Open Championship, while Niebrugge took home low amateur honors at St. Andrews.

Oregon's Wise, meanwhile, had set the Rich Harvest Farms course record earlier in the week, during Round 2 of medal play, with an 8-under 64.

“Beating Jordan [Niebrugge] and Robby [Shelton] in back-to-back matches just spiked everything, and just made this week incredible," Armstrong said. "Regardless if I won or lost, and the fact that I won in such fashion was just incredible.”

Past champions of the Western Amateur include, among other impressive names, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus. Past Western Amateur champions have gone on to win a combined 76 major championships as professionals.