Top-ranked Wyatt falls in Round of 64
ADA, Mich. – Hat pulled low, Bobby Wyatt made a beeline from the 16th green to the clubhouse, declining a ride along the way.
Not quite the way he envisioned his junior career would end.
Wyatt became the first of Golfweek’s top-ranked players to lose at the U.S. Junior Amateur, falling to old foil Jorge Fernandez Valdes, 3 and 2, on Wednesday at Egypt Valley Country Club.
“It’s hugely disappointing, really,” Wyatt said. “To come here and not really make an effort at it. Just disappointing.”
Valdes, who also defeated Wyatt in the second round of the Junior Amateur in 2008, birdied three of the first four holes and led wire-to-wire.
“I knew he was a really good player and that it wouldn’t be an easy match,” Valdes said through a translator. “It was a good win, but all the matches are different and I’ve just got to keep going.”
Wyatt had a chance to go 1 down with two to play, but three-putted from 15 feet on the par-3 16th and lost the hole – and the match.
“Started off today with a bunch of mistakes early, and to do that on 16, it’s a pretty frustrating way to end things,” he said. “It was a disappointing week. Everything was just a little off.”
Wyatt, Golfweek’s No. 2-ranked junior, will attend Alabama in the fall.