ERIN, Wis. – Peter Uihlein won despite troubling stumbles in his opening match in defense of his U.S. Amateur title Wednesday.
Uihlein literally stumbled at the 13th hole.
Backing up while reading a putt, he didn’t see a bunker behind him and tripped into it, catching his balance but not before awkwardly staggering down through the sand.
Later, Uihlein caught his stumbling game.
After going 4 up with four to play against Canada’s Eugene Wong, Uihlein hooked a tee shot into the deep fescue at the 15th hole and in three shots never got his ball out of the rough before conceding the hole.
At the 15th, Uihlein pulled his tee shot into a left greenside bunker. He swiped a shot into deep fescue from there, then barely hacked his next shot onto the green, advancing his ball 6 feet with the two shots and losing another hole.
Uihlein rebounded to win the 17th to prevail, 3 and 1.
“I made some mistakes, and you can’t do that out here,” Uihlein said. “You can’t let your guard down against anybody out here.”