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Spieth bounced in Round of 64 at U.S. Amateur

Jordan Spieth in the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship third round
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KAPALUA, HI - OCTOBER 16: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico tees off the 4th hole during the first round of the Kapalua LPGA Classic on October 16, 2008 at the Bay Course in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)  - 

In a high-powered match Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur, Thomas Pieters held off Jordan Spieth, 1 up, in the Round of 64 at Cherry Hills.

Pieters, the 2012 NCAA champion from the University of Illinois, pitched in for an eagle-2 on the opening hole and never trailed in the match against Spieth, the world’s third-ranked amateur. Spieth, a sophomore at Texas, missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that would have squared the match, then three-putted from about 60 feet on the last hole.

“It’s been a struggle this summer,” Spieth said of his putting. “I worked really hard the last couple of weeks for moments like that, and it’s kind of a shame that I couldn’t pull it off there.”

It’s been a whirlwind week for Pieters. The Belgian did not play a practice round, and then had to birdie the last three holes in stroke play just to get into a playoff and advance to the match-play portion. 

In other matches, top-ranked amateur Chris Williams (Washington) defeated former Dartmouth standout Peter Williamson, 3 and 2. Alabama sophomore Justin Thomas, the reigning NCAA Player of the Year, also advanced to the Round of 32, but will face a tough opponent: Cal senior Max Homa.