Davis Upsets Top Seed at U.S. Amateur
University Place, WA – Wednesday morning Virginia senior golfer Amory Davis (Chadds Ford, Pa.) needed to advance to the match play portion at the U.S. Amateur Championships through a playoff involving 16 players for six spots. He won the 64th and final position and promptly made the most of the opportunity.
Returning to Chambers Bay Golf Course for the final tee time of the day, Davis upset top-seeded Jeff Wilson of Fairfield, Calif. 3 and 1 to advance to Thursday’s round of 32 in match play.
Wilson had earned the top seed after finishing first in the tournament’s 36 holes of stroke play that took place Monday and Tuesday.
With the match all-square after six holes, Davis took the lead when Wilson bogied the seventh hole. Davis then posted back-to-back birdies to build his lead to three shots with seven holes to play. Wilson won two of the next three holes to pull within one shot after 13 holes but his bogies on the par-3 15th and 17th holes gave Davis the match.
Davis will meet Brad Benjamin of Rockford, Ill. in the Thursday’s first match at 7:30 a.m. PT.
The second and third rounds of match play are scheduled for Thursday, followed by the quarterfinal round on Friday, the semifinal round on Saturday and the 36-hole final on Sunday.
Live scoring is online at the USGA website.