Keep an eye on Bedford vs. Spieth at U.S. Am

Jordan Spieth during the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur

ERIN, Wis. – It’s tough to argue that the Peter Uihlein-Dylan Frittelli match and the Patrick Cantlay-Russell Henley showdown aren’t deserving of most of the attention Thursday at the U.S. Amateur. But while these are waged, there is another match to put on the radar in Round 2.

Lee Bedford will face two-time U.S. Junior Championship winner Jordan Spieth. In the round of 64, Bedofrd easily defeated Will Collins, 6 and 5. Spieth, on the other hand, had a battle with Jade Scott, but was able to advance, 2 and 1.

Spieth, who will be a freshman this fall at Texas, is another candidate for a potential Walker Cup spot. With fellow junior golfer Patrick Rodgers on the team, there is some debate as to whether there is room for another “youngster” on the squad.

Bedford started the summer for runner-up honors at the Sunnehanna Amateur, tied for fourth at the Cardinal Amateur, was a quarterfinalist at the North & South Amateur and finished fourth at the Southeastern Amateur.

If Bedford could score a win over the highly regarded Jordan Spieth, then perhaps he may start to get a little more consideration. The winner of this match seemingly will have an easier path to the finals because of the draw. With a win in Round 2, either Bedford or Spieth could put himself in a prime situation to make a serious run at sealing a Walker Cup spot.

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