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Day after 57, Wyatt wins 4th straight Ala. Jr.

Bobby Wyatt at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Bobby Wyatt at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Junior Extra | Wyatt talks about shooting 14-under 57

Bobby Wyatt shot 14-under 57 in the second round of the Alabama Junior Championship. How did he do that?

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A day after making 12 birdies and an eagle in a 14-under 57 to build an eight-shot lead heading into the final round of Alabama State Junior Championship, Bobby Wyatt was ready to waltz to his fourth consecutive State Junior title.

Then he made bogey on his first hole Thursday morning.

“That really brought me back to my senses,” Wyatt said. “It actually calmed me down a little bit.”

Wyatt made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to shoot 70 and finish at 18-under 195 at the Country Club of Mobile (Ala.). He topped runner-up Smylie Kaufman (68) by six shots to win his seventh straight age division championship. It was his last junior tournament.

“I just tried to put yesterday totally behind me,” Wyatt said. “I didn’t play very well. I scrapped it around OK and got the job done.”

Hours after he tapped in for 57, Wyatt said he was bombarded with phone calls and text messages congratulating him on his record round. He appeared on several local radio shows and had an interview scheduled on the PGA Tour Radio Network for Thursday evening. On Friday morning he’ll be a guest on ESPN’s “First Take.”

“And I got a call from Australia today,” Wyatt said. “I’m not sure who it was. He had a really thick accent, I couldn’t understand him. I think he was from a newspaper.”

Wyatt, who lives with his parents in a house a mile from the CC of Mobile and has held membership at the course since he began playing golf at age 4, will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur next week at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, Miss.

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