Wyatt bows out of U.S. Am in Round of 32

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Alabama senior Bobby Wyatt bowed out of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday, the last of the serious Walker Cup bubble boys to be eliminated.

Now comes the fun part – the résumé-judging.

Playing against 18-year-old Gavin Hall in the Round of 32, Wyatt hit only four greens, made six bogeys, and lost, 4 and 2, at The Country Club.

“When I was struggling a little bit, he kept the pressure on me all day,” Wyatt said.

Hall, a freshman at Texas, will face fellow 18-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick, the low amateur at this year’s British Open, in the Round of 16 on Thursday afternoon.  

Wyatt’s early exit further muddies the Walker Cup picture. He seemed like a lock for one of the 10 spots after a solid season at Alabama, but he’s struggled all summer with his putting and iron play. In the past, the selection committee has leaned toward the hot players.

Working in Wyatt’s favor, however, is that he’s well-liked by his peers and typically is a strong match-play opponent. On the Walker Cup team he would be reunited with his teammates from the past two years, Cory Whitsett and Justin Thomas; in the NCAAs and Palmer Cup, they combined to go 16-1-4.

“It can’t be good,” Wyatt said, when asked how the loss here will affect his chances. “Hopefully they look at my body of work and like it, but I didn’t play good at the right time of year. I had a poor summer. Whatever that does to me, it does to me. I am who I am, and I’m happy with that.”