Austin Squires beat qualifying medalist Brandon Wu 2 up on Wednesday at the first day of fit play on the U.S. Beginner.
Squires, a former Cincinnati participant who misplaced to eventual champion Viktor Hovland within the quarterfinals closing 12 months at Pebble Seaside, used to be the closing participant to advance from two rounds of stroke play at Pinehurst No. 2 and No. four. He wanted 4 holes in a 27-for-Three playoff to assert the overall spot within the 64-player box.
Squires went forward 2 up with a birdie at the par-Three 15th hollow at the No. 2 direction. Wu rallied at the 17th with a birdie to Squires’ par, however Squires ended it with a birdie at the 18th whilst Wu bogeyed the outlet.
Wu, the sector’s 11th-ranked newbie and a member of Stanford’s NCAA championship group this season, completed 36 holes of stroke play at Three-under-par 137 to assert medalist honors.
UCLA’s Devon Bling, who misplaced to Hovland within the ultimate closing 12 months, used to be overwhelmed 6 and five through Steven Fisk, the sector’s No. 12 newbie. Isaiah Salinda, a semifinalist a 12 months in the past and a teammate of Wu’s at Stanford, beat Travis Vick 1 up.
5 of the sector’s most sensible 10 amateurs complicated to compare play and 3 of them received their opening suits: No. Three Takumi Kanaya beat Matthias Schmid in 19 holes, No. five Akshay Bhatia crowned R.J. Manke Three and a couple of, and No. nine Ricky Castillo defeated Chad Sewell five and three.
No. 7 Stewart Hagestad misplaced to Maxwell Moldovan Three and a couple of, and No. 10 Blake Windred used to be overwhelmed through John Pak, Three and 1.
Kanaya and Bhatia had been the one two of the highest six to advance out of stroke play. Most sensible-ranked Cole Hammer, a Texan who reached the semifinals closing 12 months, used to be eradicated at the first playoff hollow whilst No. 2 Conor Gough completed at eight beneath — 3 strokes off the lower line.
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