Harmon Cox in Finals


CHEVY CHASE, MD -- Brian Harman ran home a 25-foot putt for a birdie at the par-3 16th to win the hole and defeat Patton Kizzire, 3 and 2, in their semifinal match at the U.S. Junior Amateur Friday. Harmon advances to face Jordan Cox in Saturday's final.
'I was just trying to get it close - I was just trying to lag it up there,' said the 16-year-old Harman, who will try to become only the third left-hander to win a USGA event. 'Halfway there, I said 'uh oh, that one looks kind of good.' Right when it got to three feet, I just put my arms up in there because I knew it was just money.'
Harman took an early lead after Kizzire bogeyed the first but he gave the advantage back with a double-bogey at the third and a bogey at the fourth.
Kizzire stood 1-up for a brief moment while Harman birdied the fifth and the sixth to regain the advantage. Kizzire squared the match with a birdie at the seventh but Harman took control from that point forward.
Harman parred the eighth will Kizzire bogeyed to move to 1-up. Harman then birdied the ninth to take a 2-up.
Harman controlled the match until the birdie at 16 earned him a spot in the final.
Cox parred the first hole of his semifinal match with James Sacheck but grabbed a 1-up lead after Sacheck bogeyed the second. Sacheck, who defeated medalist Sung Hoon Kang in the quarterfinals, fell 2-down with a bogey at the fourth and Cox moved to 3-up with a birdie at the sixth.
Sacheck's problems continued with a bogey at the ninth. Cox parred the hole to increase his lead to 4-up.
'He was just hitting the ball better than me,' said Sacheck. 'He deserved to win.'
Cox kept on cruising and secured the victory with a par at the par-4 15th to oust Sacheck, 4 and 3.
'First I wanted to get to match play,' said Cox, who at 15 years, three months and 22 days can become the youngest person to ever win this event. 'From there I knew I had a really good shot at getting to the finals or the semifinals and maybe having a chance to win. Anybody really has a shot at winning in match play and I think I'm pretty strong in match play.'
The Junior Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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