Jackson's run ends at U.S. Am
Thursday, August 27, 2009
TULSA, Okla. – Tim Jackson’s run has come to an end at the U.S. Amateur. Jackson lost to Charlie Holland, 1 down, in Thursday’s second round.
As an obviously deflated Jackson sat down in a chair in the media center, he joked, “I’m sweating and out of breath. That’s what a 50-year-old should be.”
Jackson’s play of late, including a tie for 11th at the U.S. Senior Open, has placed him in the Walker Cup picture. He said he felt that he had to win his two matches Thursday to make the team, though.
Jackson, a two-time Walker Cupper, will still be at Merion. “Either with my pom-poms or in uniform,” he said.
After winning his first-round match, 5 and 4, Jackson took an early lead against Holland with birdies on Nos. 1 and 3.
Holland was 1 up at the turn and 2 up after Jackson made a mess of the par-5 13th. Holland lost No. 14 after three-putting from 25 feet, then made a 25-foot birdie putt from off the green on No. 15 to return to 2 up. Jackson staged a slight comeback on the 17th when he hit a sand wedge to 5 feet and made birdie.
The match was over when Jackson fluffed his chip from just off the 18th green after Holland had two-putted for par.
Holland, a senior at the University of Texas, seems to play his best with his back against the wall. He was 3 down after 12 holes in his first-round match against Morgan Hoffmann. Holland trailed in every match en route to the quarterfinals in last year’s U.S. Amateur. The only match where he took the early lead was his loss to Adam Mitchell.
Former U.S. Amateur champ Colt Knost, a longtime friend of Holland, watched the match. Knost woke up at 5:30 a.m. to fly from Dallas to Tulsa, and arrived in time to catch the match on the fourth hole.