BLUFFTON, S.C. – It already has been a scorching summer for Corbin Mills. And it’s only two weeks old.
A few days after winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Bandon, Ore., the Clemson junior made a cross-country trip to his native South Carolina and added the Players Amateur title to his resume, thrusting him into contention for a U.S. Walker Cup berth and likely booking him for consecutive PGA Tour events next April.
Mills, who led after each of the first three rounds, finished at 12-under 276 Sunday at Belfair’s East Course, one shot ahead of LSU sophomore Curtis Thompson and incoming Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers. The U.S. Public Links winner typically receives an invitation to the Masters in Augusta, Ga., and the Players winner gets an exemption to the RBC Heritage, held at Harbor Town Golf Links on nearby Hilton Head Island the week after the Masters.
Mills led the Players by three shots entering Sunday’s final round, but fell out of the top spot after struggling on the opening nine holes. He rebounded nicely with four birdies on the back nine for a final-round 72 to hold off Thompson (66) and Rodgers (67). The Easley, S.C., resident is the first Clemson golfer to win the Players title.
Sunday’s final round marked Mills’ 13th round of golf in two weeks. He played nine rounds en route to winning the U.S. Public Links title July 3 at Bandon Dunes.