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Fox rallies to win U.S. Amateur

After a dramatic comeback to tie the match, he wins with a birdie on the first extra hole.

by Southland GolfPublished: August, 2012



You could not have asked for a more dramatic finish to the 112th U.S. Amateur at the storied Cherry Hills Country Club.

University of California, Berkeley standout Michael Weaver was two-up with two holes to play over Steven Fox, a 63rd-seed player from the University of Tennessee.

Fox birdied the par-5 17th to close within one shot of Weaver.

On the 18th Weaver lipped out a 5-foot par putt and the match was all square and headed for at least one extra hole.

“That’s golf,” Weaver told reporters. “I played it about right edge. I wanted to hit it, not ram it in, but make sure I got it there. I hit a good putt, hit my line. For it to lip out like that, I would rather just hit a bad putt.”

On the first extra hole, Weaver yanked his drive left and landed near the second tee in heavy rough. It took him two shots to get it to the green.

Meanwhile, Fox took a 6-iron off the tee and fired his second shot to within 18 feet of the pin.

His putt crept downhill and at the very last turn dropped into the hole for birdie and the win.

“This is unreal” Fox told reporters. “I mean, it doesn’t even feel real. The whole week is like a dream to me.”


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