That said, those who have embraced the creativity and imagination needed to navigate the firm and fast conditions have had more success than those who haven’t been able to adjust.
Defending champion Ben An, Berkeley, Calif., easily won his second-round match against Alex Kim, Fullerton, Calif., and is looking to become the first player to defend this championship since Tiger’s hat trick in the mid-90s.
Proof of the rollercoaster nature of the U.S. Amateur, No. 1 seed Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif., who shot a blistering 62 in the first round of stroke play qualifying, lost in the first round of match play to No. 64 seed Amory Davis, Chadds Ford, Pa.
Davis, who was last survivor of a 16-for-6 playoff to get into match play, lost his second-round match to Brad Benjamin, Rockford, Ill.
Golf Channel coverage of third round matches comes your way Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET.