Wildman: A quick look at U.S. Am quarterfinals
Friday, August 26, 2011
After great matches in the Sweet 16, there are some interesting match ups to watch in the quarterfinals.
• Jordan Russell will face Peter Uihlein. The two players from the Big 12 conference are quite familiar with one another. In April, Uihlein played in the Aggie Invitational and won the tournament by five shots. Guess who finished runner-up, on his home golf couse? Texas A&M Aggie Jordan Russell.
• After defeating NCAA Champion John Peterson in 19 holes, Max Buckley will now have the tough challenge of facing the NCAA player of the year Patrick Cantlay. Last year, Cantlay was a semifinalst at the U.S. Amateur Championship where he lost to Peter Uihlein. The two could meet again, but Buckley has shown he has the game to compete. Before defeating Peterson, Buckley beat U.S. Walker Cup team member Chris Williams, 1 up.
• In the third quarterfinal match U.S. Walker Cup member Patrick Rodgers will face the winner of the Blake Biddle-Kelly Kraft match. Earlier this summer Rodgers won the Porter Cup and tied for second at the Players Amateur. If Rodgers were to win, he could potentially face another standout junior golfer he has rivaled the last few years in Jordan Spieth. If Biddle or Kraft win, they would continue their quest of trying to make the Walker Cup team by staying alive in this week’s championship.
• The final match will feature two-time U.S. Junior champion Spieth against GB&I Walker Cupper Jack Senior. Spieth is hoping to make the Walker Cup team, and a win over someone from GB&I could go a long way with the USGA committee. If Spieth were to win it all this week, he would also be the first player to win both the U.S. Junior Championship and U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year.