McNealy bounced in marathon playoff at U.S. Amateur

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The massive U.S. Amateur playoff finally ended early Wednesday afternoon, but after only four hours and seven holes.

The No. 1-ranked amateur won’t be around for the rest of the week.

Maverick McNealy, a senior at Stanford, was bounced after a bogey on the fifth extra hole. He missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the second playoff that would have sent him on to match play.

Twenty-three players competed for eight spots after finishing at 2-over 142 after two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. Because of the size of the playoff, players in the first group (including McNealy) waited about 85 minutes between hitting iron shots as the remaining groups played the hole. 

The field was trimmed to 14 players for five spots after the first hole, then 8-for-1 after the second extra hole and 6-for-1 after the third.


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All six players made par on the fourth playoff hole, the par-4 18th, but McNealy was among the trio of players who made bogey on the par-3 10th

Matt Wolff, Sahith Teegala, Franklin Huang, David Boote, Will Gordon, Blair Hamilton all made birdie earlier to move on to match play, which began at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Mid-am Scott Harvey earned the last spot, after holding off Stewart Hagestad and Ian Holt.

Harvey will face medalist Alex Smalley at 2:10 p.m.

The longest playoff in U.S. Amateur history was nine holes in 1993 (22 players).