Langdale wins rain-shortened Azalea Invitational
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Azalea Amateur was shortened to 36 holes on Sunday, and Austin Langdale of Townville, S.C., was declared the winner. Langdale, a Clemson signee, finished two shots ahead of North Carolina mid-amateur Scott Harvey.
Langdale opened with rounds of 66-69 at the Country Club of Charleston to get to 7-under 135. A three-hour rain delay during Round 3 prevented the players at the top of the leaderboard from finishing that round. The tournament was then shortened to 36 holes.
“It’s pretty cool,” Langdale said of his victory. “It feels weird with the last shots hit on Friday but it’s a great feeling. To look at the names on the locker room wall and see Webb Simpson and names like that, it’s pretty cool to have my name next to last year’s U.S. Open champ.”
Langdale got up-and-down on all six of the greens he missed in his first-round 66 and took an early lead. On Friday, Langdale managed to keep pace with the surging field.
“I was just trying to put together another solid round,” he said. “I missed a few putts that could have gotten me low again but I didn’t lose any strokes. Shooting 2 under on a good course like that isn’t too bad."
Langdale called it the biggest victory of his career.
Will Long of Gastonia, N.C., finished third at 4-under 138, one shot behind Harvey. Junior Ryder Cuppers Cameron Champ and Jim Liu finished tied for fourth with Carson Young. Liu's second-round 63 set a new competitive course record at Country Club of Charleston.
Other notables in the field included four-time U.S Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith, who tied for 20th at 3 over. Smith was one shot better than fellow Walker Cup hopeful and mid-am Todd White.
Former PGA Tour pro and 1997 Azalea Invitational champion John Engler finished tied for 12th. He shot rounds of 73-70 to finish at 1 over.
–Information from amateurgolf.com used in this report