Riley, Zalatoris advance to U.S. Junior Am final


The USGA is awesome

Davis Riley is one match away from claiming the title that barely eluded him a year ago.

Riley lost to Scottie Scheffler in the championship match of the U.S. Junior Amateur last year, but after surviving his semifinal match in extra holes, Riley will face fellow 17-year-old Will Zalatoris for the title Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Tex.

Riley fell behind early to Sam Horsfield in the semifinals, but he won the 16th hole with a birdie to square the match for the first time since the third hole, then the Alabama commit won with a par on the 21st hole after Horsfield three-putted from long range.

Zalatoris, who is committed to play for Wake Forest, won his semifinal match over Australia's Curtis Luck despite squandering a 3-up advantage after 13 holes. Luck won holes 14-16 to square the match, but Zalatoris birdied the 18th hole to win the match, 1 up. Like Riley, he is in search of his first USGA title.

Riley and Zalatoris will now square off in the 36-hole championship match Saturday, with the victor lifting the trophy whose notable winners have included David Duval (1989), Tiger Woods (1991-93), Hunter Mahan (1999) and Jordan Spieth (2009, 2011).