BROOKLINE, Mass. – After four consecutive come-from-behind victories, perhaps it was only fitting that Scottie Scheffler couldn't finish the deal when he was 2 up with eight holes to go.
The U.S. Junior champion was bounced from the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals Friday when he bogeyed the 18th hole after finding a plugged lie in the greenside bunker. He lost to Brady Watt of Australia, 1 up.
“I had a good week,” the 17-year-old said. “If you would have told me on Saturday that I was going to make it to the quarterfinals, I would have taken that. I had some good matches, and I’m happy with the way I played.”
Scheffler needed to advance out of a 17-for-15 playoff just to make match play, then authored late rallies to defeat each of his first three opponents.
But not even an ace could help propel him to victory Friday.
Scheffler made a hole-in-one on the 197-yard seventh hole and was 2 up after making a slippery 15-footer on the 10th hole, but he had a few costly misreads coming down the stretch. He lost the 11th hole with a bogey, then watched as Watt sank a 20-footer from up against the collar on No. 16 to square the match.
Scheffler missed a 6-foot birdie putt on 16, and on the final hole his 4-iron from 185 yards ballooned into the wind and came up short in the bunker. He took a big swing at the buried lie, but couldn’t advance the ball onto the green.
Watt, meanwhile, played a delicate chip to 5 feet, then made the slippery downhiller to win the match.
Even with the loss, Scheffler might receive some Walker Cup consideration after the way he’s played the past three weeks.
“I think I have an opportunity,” he said. “I’ve played some good golf this summer, showed I’m good in match play and in team competitions. I knew if I played well this week I’d have a chance, and I played pretty well, showed some heart and stuff. So maybe they’ll pick me.”