Uihlein's hopes for back-to-back U.S. Amateur titles kept alive


ERIN, Wis. – Defending champ Peter Uihlein’s hopes of becoming the first player to win consecutive U.S. Amateur titles since Tiger Woods remain alive after his second-round victory Thursday at Erin Hills.

Uihlein built on the confidence of having won this event before by easily defeating South Africa’s Dylan Fritelli, 5 and 4.

“If you don’t have confidence, you are going to get run over here,” Uihlein said.

Woods won the U.S. Amateur in 1994, ’95 and ’96. Woods and Jay Sigel (1982-83) are the only players to win the title back-to-back in the last 50 years.

Uihlein’s victory sets up one of two marquee matches in the third round.

Uihlein will meet Scott Langley, winner of the 2010 NCAA Championship, at 8:40 a.m. ET on Friday. Langley is finding his form after slumping his senior season at the University of Illinois. He’s still hopeful he can earn one of three spots still open on the U.S. Walker Cup team but might have to win the U.S. Amateur to assure he gains it.

Langley defeated Canada’s Mitch Sutton, 4 and 3, in the second round.

In Friday’s other highly-anticipated match, UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay takes on England’s Tom Lewis at 9 a.m. ET. Cantlay was the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award this year as the nation’s top collegiate player. Lewis won the Silver Medal as low amateur at the British Open after an opening-round 65 gave him a share of the first-round lead. It was the lowest round by an amateur in Open history.

The third round and quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday.