Players behind "8-ball" at U.S. Amateur
TULSA, Okla. – In the 8-ball game of pool, sinking the lone black ball before all the others have been cleared from the table results in defeat.
Just as the 8-ball is the big no-no in pool, so, too, was the No. 8 on the golf courses during the first round of stroke play qualifying Monday at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
The eighth hole played as the toughest of the day at both qualifying venues – Southern Hills Country Club and Cedar Ridge Country Club – both par 70s.
At Southern Hills, which the 156 players played to a stroke average of 78.558, the 243-yard, par-3 eighth hole came in with a 3.788 average, just slightly tougher than the 463-yard, par-4 18th hole (4.750). The hole produced 76 bogeys, 21 double bogeys and two “others.”
Only one player managed to birdie the hole, that being Taylor Floyd of Macon, Ga. It was his only birdie of the day en route to a 3-over 73. It also will be his tournament highlight as he shot 79 at Cedar Ridge and at 12-over 152 missed making match play.
At Cedar Ridge, which played to an average of 75.609 on Day 1, the 431-yard, par-4 eighth played to 4.596, slightly tougher than the 507-yard, par-4 opening hole (4.526). No. 8 yielded seven birdies along with 68 bogeys, nine doubles and four “others.”