US Amateur fact sheet

By Usga News ServicesAugust 15, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. AmateurThe 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship will take place August 18-24 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Courses No. 2 and No. 4) in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. GOLF CHANNEL will have exclusive coverage of the most prestigious amateur event in the country, beginning Monday. The following is a U.S. Amateur fact sheet:


The No. 2 course at Pinehurst will play at 7,281 yards and par 35-35 ' 70. The No. 4 course at Pinehurst, which will be used for the first two days of stroke play only, will play at 7,030 yards and par 35-35 ' 70.
Donald Ross designed the No. 2 course, which opened for play over 18 holes in 1907. Ross would fine-tune the layout several times through 1946. More recently, Rees Jones did renovations to the course prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Ross also designed the original No. 4 course, which opened for play in 1919. The most recent renovation was directed by Tom Fazio in 1999.
The No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort will be set for green speeds of approximately 11 feet, 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The greens are Penn G-2 grass. A strip of intermediate rough of Common and Tifway Bermudagrass on each side of the fairways will be cut to 1 inches in height. The primary rough will be grown to 2 inches (20 feet of width outside the intermediate cut). A more penal secondary rough will be at 3 inches.
The No. 2 course setup at Pinehurst will result in a USGA Course Rating of 76.2 and a Slope Rating of 140. The setup for course No. 4 will result in a Course Rating of 74.2 and a Slope Rating of 138. An average Slope Rating in the U.S. is about 113.
Pinehurst has hosted eight USGA championships, more than any other club in North Carolina. Included in the mix are two U.S. Opens and one U.S. Amateur. It hosted the Open in 1999 and 2005, and will again play host in 2014. The Amateur was contested at Pinehurst in 1962.
Year and Championship ' Winner:
  • 2005 U.S. Open ' Michael Campbell, 280 (E), by two strokes over Tiger Woods.
  • 1999 U.S. Open ' Payne Stewart, 279 (-1), by one stroke over Phil Mickelson.
  • 1994 U.S. Senior Open ' Simon Hobday, 274 (-10), by one stroke over Jim Albus and Graham Marsh.
  • 1989 U.S. Womens Amateur ' Vicki Goetze-Ackerman def. Brandie Burton, 4 and 3.
  • 1980 Mens World Amateur Team ' USA (848) by 27 strokes over South Africa.
  • 1980 Womens World Amateur Team ' USA (588) by seven strokes over Australia.
  • 1967 World Senior Amateur Team Championship ' USA (discontinued after 1969).
  • 1962 U.S. Amateur ' Labron Harris Jr. def. Downing Gray, 1 up.
    Colt Knost, 22, of Dallas, Texas, holed a 20-foot birdie putt for a win on the 31st hole and led the rest of the way in defeating Michael Thompson of Tucson, Ariz., in the 36-hole championship match, 2 and 1. Knost also won the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links, becoming the second player in history to win both the APL and Amateur in the same year (Ryan Moore in 2004), and was a member of the winning USA Walker Cup team last September. He has since turned professional.
    Quarterfinalists from 2007 are fully exempt from having to qualify for the 2008 championship. Those exempt and entered (5) are Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Eddie Olson of Aptos, Calif.; Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei; Nick Taylor of Canada; and Jhonattan Vega of Venezuela
    Nine USGA champions are entered in the 2008 U.S. Amateur field. They are listed below:
  • Austin Eaton III, New London, N.H. ' 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. ' 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. ' 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
  • Sihwan Kim, Buena Park, Callif. ' 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
  • Jack Newman, Des Moines, Iowa ' 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
  • Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash. ' 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
  • Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. ' 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. ' 2005 U.S. Junior champion
  • Dave Womack, McDonough, Ga. ' 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
    There are 28 golfers who were exempt from having to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Amateur, including seven of the nine USGA champions listed above, The eight who are exempt due to qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Open are Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif.; Derek Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.; Jimmy Henderson of Lebanon, Ohio; Michael Quagliano of White Plains, N.Y.; Nick Taylor of Canada; Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla.; and Jeff Wilson of Fairfield, Calif.
    Members of the 2005 and 2007 USA Walker Cup team are exempt into the 2008 U.S. Amateur. The members of the 2007 USA team playing are Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.; Billy Horschel of Gainesville, Fla.; Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; and Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash. Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., was a 2005 team member. Jonathan Caldwell of Northern Ireland was a member of the 2007 team for Great Britain and Ireland.
    The champion receives an exemption into the 2009 U.S. Open and British Open, and a probable invitation to play in the 2009 Masters Tournament, if he remains an amateur. He also receives a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Amateur field so long as he remains an amateur.
    Following two days of stroke play (Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 18-19), the field of 312 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. All matches are 18 holes except the final match. The 36-hole championship final match is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24.
    The first and second rounds of stroke play are set for Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 18-19) at Pinehurst Resorts No. 2 and No. 4 courses. All match-play rounds will be played at the No. 2 course, beginning Wednesday (Aug. 20). A single round of match play is scheduled on Wednesday, followed by the second and third rounds on Thursday (Aug. 21), and single rounds again from Friday-Sunday (Aug. 22-24).
    The U.S. Amateur will have 13 hours of coverage on the GOLF CHANNEL over the last five days of the championship.
  • First Round Matches ' Wed. (Aug. 20), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)
  • Third Round Matches ' Thurs. (Aug. 21), 12-2 p.m. (EDT)
  • Quarterfinal Matches ' Fri. (Aug. 22), 12-2 p.m. (EDT)
  • Semifinal Matches ' Sat. (Aug. 23), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)
  • Championship Match ' Sun. (Aug. 24), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)
    In 2009, the Amateur will be played from Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.; the 2010 championship is scheduled from Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.; and the 2011 Amateur is planned for Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wis.
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    Two-time champ Bubba fires 63 at Travelers

    By Will GrayJune 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Amid a resurgent season that has already included a pair of wins, it only makes sense that Bubba Watson is back in contention at the Travelers Championship.

    TPC River Highlands has been one of Watson’s favorite haunts over the years; it’s a layout where the southpaw’s creative approach is often rewarded. This is where he burst into tears after earning his first PGA Tour victory in 2010, and this is where he beat Paul Casey in a playoff to again lift the trophy in 2015.

    He’ll once again have a late weekend tee time after firing a 7-under 63 during the second round, tying the low score of the week and moving to within three shots of Brian Harman’s 10-under total.

    “Little bit less wind, little more confidence on the ball-striking, and I made putts,” Watson said. “The key is making putts. When you start making putts, that’s where you’re going to score a decent number.”

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    Watson was well down the standings after opening with an even-par 70, a round that included three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine to negate progress he had made earlier in the day. But he ran into no such struggles the second time around, adding six birdies to an eagle on the par-5 13th hole when he hit his approach shot from 229 yards to within 18 inches of the hole.

    The difference, according to Watson, was between the ears.

    “Yesterday I was just thinking about some negative stuff instead of focusing on my target and focusing on the shot at hand,” Watson said. “I was focusing on hitting to the bunker, or focusing on, ‘Water is over here, so hit it over here.’ Just things like that, just things that you can’t do around the golf course.”

    Watson was also a runner-up in 2012 here in addition to his two wins, and he has racked up nearly $3.5 million in earnings in 11 prior appearances. Once again thinking the right thoughts on one of his favorite tracks, he’s potentially 36 holes away from his third win since February.

    “Obviously around here I feel pretty comfortable,” Watson said. “I can hit some shots around here, and I’ve made it work throughout some of the years.”

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    Only putting is holding McIlroy back

    By Will GrayJune 22, 2018, 6:48 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Through two rounds of the Travelers Championship, the tee shots are towering and the approaches are accurate for Rory McIlroy. Now he just needs the putter to heat up.

    McIlroy started to show signs of life during the second round last week at Shinnecock Hills before missing the cut, and after putting in some extra work honing his swing over the weekend, his tee-to-green game is worth boasting about at the halfway point at TPC River Highlands.

    McIlroy has missed only five greens in regulation through two rounds, barely breaking a sweat en route to rounds of 64 and 69 that left him at 7 under. He’s within striking distance heading into the weekend, three shots behind Brian Harman, but might be topping the standings with a more cooperative putter.

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    “I felt like I left a few out there,” McIlroy said. “I felt like I had a lot of good putts that just didn’t go in. I started them on line, did everything I needed to do, and it’s just one of those days where they were sliding by the edges.”

    McIlroy took 32 putts to complete his second round, including a three-putt on No. 7 for his only bogey of the day and another three-putt on No. 13 that turned an eagle opportunity into a par. Already with a win under his belt this year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he knocked in putts from all directions during a final-round 64, McIlroy feels confident that he might be only a few rolls away from having another shot to contend in his second career trip to the Hartford-area stop.

    “I think if I can put the ball in the fairway and hit my irons as good as I have been over the first couple of days, I’ll give myself a lot of chances for birdies,” McIlroy said. “It’s just about converting them and taking the opportunities when they present themselves.”

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    Rosaforte Report: Toski lively, singing and ready to go home

    By Tim RosaforteJune 22, 2018, 6:41 pm

    Bob Toski sounded pretty good for a man near death last week. When we spoke on Friday, the 91-year-old teaching legend and former PGA Tour leading money winner was alive and feeling well. Especially when he was talking about giving lessons, swinging a golf club again, and going down to the piano bar at Arturo’s near his home in Boca Raton, Fla., to sing his favorite song, “Sentimental Journey."

    “It’s been quite a journey,” Toski said in total bliss. “But I’m going home tomorrow.”

    Going back 10 days, to June 12, Toski suffered a severe heart attack that had him on life support, in critical condition, at a hospital not far from the South Florida golf community where he’s pro emeritus at St. Andrews.

    He opened 15 minutes on the phone on Friday by asking how much he owed me for the publicity he got during the U.S. Open. Typical Toski. His heart may have skipped a beat, but he hadn’t.

    At no more than 120 pounds, still larger than life.

    Bob Toski from his hospital bed in South Florida

    “This is the mouse,” he said when asked to confirm it really was him on the phone. “The Mighty Mouse.”

    We were laughing now, but there was a moment one night during “Live From the U.S. Open” when I got a message from the Boca hospital which sounded grim (hospital staff used a defibrillator on him six times during his stay). That’s when one of the friends by his side texted me and said it would be just like “Tosk” to sit up straight and ask everybody what was going on.

    Essentially, that’s what happened. And now here he was on the phone, cracking off one-liners, talking about Brooks Koepka’s win at Shinnecock, giving his take on the USGA and course setup, asking how much I’d been playing, and giving his love to everybody at “The Channel.”

    He invited me down for a lesson at St. Andrews and dinner at Arturos. “In a month’s time,” he said, “I’ll be ready to go.”

    He sounded ready right now, singing a line from his favorite song, from his hospital bed in the happiest of voices, “Gotta set my heart at ease.”

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    Spieth fades with 3-over 73: 'It's just golf'

    By Will GrayJune 22, 2018, 6:10 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After finding nothing but positives for his first five trips around the course, Jordan Spieth finally suffered a setback at TPC River Highlands.

    Spieth won the Travelers Championship last year in his tournament debut, and he quickly bounced back from a missed cut at Shinnecock Hills by firing a 7-under 63 in the opening round this week to take a share of the lead. Out early during the second round with a chance to move even further into red figures amid calm conditions, he instead went the other way.

    Undone by a triple bogey on the par-5 13th hole, Spieth was 5 over for his first 14 holes and needed an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole for the second straight day simply to salvage a 3-over 73. The score knocked him back to 4 under for the week and six shots behind Brian Harman.

    Despite finding three fewer fairways, three fewer greens in regulation and taking five more putts than he did in the opening round, Spieth still put a positive spin on a lackluster result.

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    “I actually felt like I had better control of my golf swing than I did yesterday. I really struggled with my swing yesterday and I kind of got some good breaks,” Spieth said. “It’s just golf. It’s kind of like yesterday I got three or four shots extra out of the round, and today I lost three or four based on how I felt.”

    Spieth was happy with his opening-round effort, but even after finishing late in the day he still went straight to the driving range that lines the ninth fairway at TPC River Highlands – not exactly standard behavior after grabbing a share of the lead.

    “So it’s not like things are on,” he said. “Sometimes it can get disguised by rounds, but it’s not far off. It really is close.”

    Spieth has lamented a lack of quality chances to win this year, which he has previously described as being within six shots of the lead heading into the final round. He’ll have some work to do to meet that mark this weekend in defense of his title, as his round hit a snag on No. 13, his fourth hole of the morning, when he pulled his tee shot out of bounds and then hit his subsequent approach into the water.

    “For whatever reason, it’s a large fairway but it’s always just killed me,” Spieth said. “I don’t know what it is about the hole, but that hole I get on the tee and for whatever reason I struggle. … I just hit a bad shot at the wrong time there.”