Doug Ghim wins Pacific Coast Amateur

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Doug Ghim wins Pacific Coast Amateur

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Doug Ghim wins Pacific Coast Amateur

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Doug Ghim was being chased down by one of the hottest amateurs in the world, but he did not wilt.

When Cameron Champ buried a 12-footer for eagle at the par-5 18th at Chambers Bay, he earned a closing 2-under 69 and was in the clubhouse at 8-under 276. He was suddenly tied for the lead at the Pacific Coast Amateur

Ghim never flinched. He put a 4-iron from 250 yards out to 40 feet and calmly two-putted from there for a closing birdie to match the 69, get in at 9 under and secure a one-shot victory.

“This win is going to give me a lot of confidence moving forward,” Ghim said.

As it should.

Ghim not only outlasted Champ, who turned heads in a T-32 performance at the U.S. Open before winning the Trans-Miss Amateur, but he also beat defending champion Will Zalatoris (solo third, 7 under).

Nick Hardy and John Oda finished in a tie for sixth at 4 under, as did Hayden Springer, the 54-hole leader who closed in 75.

Braden Thornberry, the individual NCAA champion and the winner of the Haskins Award presented by Stifel, posted at 3 under for a tie for ninth.

Ghim, an incoming senior at Texas, is a Walker Cup hopeful, making this an especially timely win.

Ghim was No. 11 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking entering this event.

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