Exciting final set for U.S. Amateur

David Chung has had a hot summer on the amateur circuit with wins at the Porter Cup and the Western Amateur.


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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Yesterday I went two for two in matches, but was way off in predicting the scores. Let’s see if I can pick one more winner.

The brackets couldn’t have set up a more exciting and ideal final match at the U.S. Amateur.

David Chung has been the hottest player of the summer with wins at the Porter Cup and Western Am. Peter Uihlein, however, was the guy before Chung, after he blew out the field at the Sahalee Players Championship.

Still don’t believe me when I say this is the best match we could have asked for? Uihlein is ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com rankings, and Chung is ranked T-4. Those are the top two spots by Americans (Jin Jeong is No. 1 and Tommy Fleetwood is No. 3).

This is what people want to see. This is the match that will settle the debate of which amateur had the best summer. Fans are in for a treat Sunday, and some may not even realize it.

Prediction time: The one thing that has saved Chung all week has been his short game. He has been able to recover from poor approach shots, or has rolled in the birdies when needed. Uihlein has played consistently all week, but just hasn’t really dominanted any matches until today, when he defeated Patrick Cantlay, 4 and 3. This final match-up will be close until the very end, and I expect the roars to come from all over Chambers Bay tomorrow. Still, I’m going to stick with the player that came in on fire: David Chung. Winner of the Western Amateur and last year’s North & South, he seems to have a good fit with match play and his putter is really working in his favor. This will be a great match and close until the very end.

Winner: David Chung, 2 and 1.

This is going to be a great match. Have I said that already?

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