Langley aiming for redemption at Erin Hills
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
ERIN, Wis. – Scott Langley needed to make a statement at the U.S. Amateur if he wanted to earn the Walker Cup spot that once seemed a certainty. He accomplished that by completing a 63 Wednesday at Blue Mound Country Club.
His 7-under round guarantees the recent Illinois grad will make match play. Langley finished the U.S. Amateur's stroke-play portion at 5-under 137 (74-63) and will finish in the top 10 when it concludes. He'll likely need to win a couple matches to make the Walker Cup team, but it's better than the alternative: missing the cut here would've likely marked the end of his amateur career.
After shooting 74 Monday at Erin Hills, Langley had eight birdies and a single bogey at the 6,667-yard, Seth Raynor-designed Blue Mound Country Club, which hosted the 1933 PGA Championship won by Gene Sarazen.
“This is a course kind of like the ones I grew up on in St. Louis,” Langley said. “It feels very much like home, and it’s in great shape.”
Langley played just 10 holes Tuesday because of a lengthy rain delay. He played those holes in 5 under. He completed his second round Wednesday morning.
Langley seemed a lock to make the Walker Cup after a sterling 2010 that saw him win the NCAA Championship, finish 16th at the U.S. Open and make the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur. Those accomplishments earned him a spot on the United States squad at the World Amateur Team Championship.
He remained amateur this summer with hopes of representing his country at the Walker Cup, which will be held Sept. 10-11 at Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen Country Club. He’s in a tight race for one of the three remaining spots on the team. The team’s final members will be announced after this week.
Several other leading candidates for those final berths – Blayne Barber, Gregor Main, Jordan Spieth, Andrew Putnam, Corbin Mills, John Peterson, John Hahn, Andrew Yun – also made match play. Mills, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, shot a second-round 64 at Blue Mound. Main was medalist at 10 under par.
Langley struggled badly this summer, struggling to break 80 in several events. His game began to turn around in the second round of the Western Amateur, where he missed the 36-hole cut but shot a second-round 70. He was 1 under par through 16 holes in his first round Monday at Erin Hills, but made triple bogey on his 17th hole.
“Today was great,” he said. “It’s the round I’ve been working for for a while. It definitely feels nice to put a good number on the board. All my hard work is starting to pay off, so I’m happy to see that. But now the challenge is putting it behind me and looking forward to match play.”