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August 14, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.

SCORES: U.S. Amateur, Round of 16 & 32

Golfweek Staff
The Round of 32 started on Thursday morning at the Atlanta Athletic Club, with the Round of 16 to follow in the afternoon.
The Round of 32 started on Thursday morning at the Atlanta Athletic Club, with the Round of 16 to follow in the afternoon.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – It'll be a long day at the Atlanta Athletic Club, as the field of 32 remaining players will be whittled down to eight players by day's end.

Here is a look at the Round of 32 scores, as well as the Round of 16 tee times and scores once play is finished:

ROUND OF 16 SCORES

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  • Nathan Smith (64) def. Byron Meth (17), 21 holes
  • Frederick Wedel (56) def. Jimmy Mullen (8), 2 and 1
  • Cameron Young (20) def. Kyle Jones (36), 1 up.
  • Gunn Yang (21) def. Ollie Schniederjans (28), 1 up ...

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Roman Robledo knocked off Robby Shelton in Thursday's Round-of-32 action at the U.S. Amateur.
Roman Robledo knocked off Robby Shelton in Thursday's Round-of-32 action at the U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Say this for Alabama’s Robby Shelton: In Thursday’s Round of 32 at the 114th U.S. Amateur, he went down swinging.

Shelton, the NCAA freshman of the year and a key figure in the Tide’s national-title run in late May, was part of the morning’s top heavyweight matchup, facing off against Houston senior Roman Robledo. And the two players didn’t disappoint.

Robledo turned around an early 2-down deficit, withstood a nice run by Shelton on the back nine and pulled the match out with a clutch par putt (for a halve) at ...

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Cassie Stein
No. 7 (left) and No. 8 at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highland course for the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
No. 7 (left) and No. 8 at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highland course for the 2014 U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – On Tuesday, we took a look at the back nine at Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands course, host of the 114th U.S. Amateur championship.

This morning, take a look at the front nine through Instragrams:

Hole 1: Par 4, 454 yards

For player to get off to a fast start, it’s important to be underneath the hole.

Hole: 2: Par 4, 512 yards

It’s a normally a par 5, but the USGA is playing it as a par 4 this time around. Be sure to get your tee ball in the fairway.

Hole 3 ...

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Alex Miceli
Nathan Smith will take on Brandon McIver in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.
Nathan Smith will take on Brandon McIver in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Nathan Smith dispatched Brandon McIver, 4 and 3, to move on in the 114h U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club on Thursday morning.

The victory is only the second time that Smith has progressed beyond the Round of 32 in his 14 appearances in the U.S. Amateur and sets up his Round-of-16 match with San Diego's Byron Meth, a 5-and-4 winner over Trevor Phillips.

This is the first time that Smith has made the Round of 16 since 2000 at Baltusrol.

Smith, 36, of Pittsburgh, never turned professional. In a field with an average ...

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Cassie Stein
Garrett Rank, of Canada, won his Round of 64 match on Wednesday against Jimmy Beck, 1 up.
Garrett Rank, of Canada, won his Round of 64 match on Wednesday against Jimmy Beck, 1 up.

Scores from the Round of 64

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – There is plenty of camaraderie among the Team Canada members, even though golf is an individual sport.

Sure, they compete against one another on a weekly basis. But at the end of the day, they are friends and most importantly teammates on an exclusive squad for which only five players a year qualify.

At this week’s U.S. Amateur in suburban Atlanta, four of Team Canada’s five members are competing. On Wednesday, half of those players advanced to the Round of 32: Corey Conners, of Listowel, Ontario, and Garrett ...

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Nick Masuda
Jon Rahm rallied from 3 down to beat Beau Hossler, 3 and 2, on Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur.
Jon Rahm rallied from 3 down to beat Beau Hossler, 3 and 2, on Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur.

Scores from the Round of 64

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Never one to mince words, Tim Mickelson questioned whether Jon Rahm would be able to make it in the United States.

Rahm was 4,359 miles from his native Barrika, Spain; he had shown up two days late to his first classes at Arizona State in the fall of 2012 due to visa issues; and he spoke little English.

The then-17-year-old was a mess.

"I thought to myself, I don't think this kid is going to make it. We thought he'd get behind in school," said Mickelson, ASU's ...

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August 13, 2014 | 8:34 p.m.

U.S. Amateur tee times: Round of 32 matches

Nick Masuda
Nathan Smith will take on Brandon McIver in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.
Nathan Smith will take on Brandon McIver in the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – There were plenty of upsets on Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur, including the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 seeds after stroke-play qualifying.

But there are still plenty of intriguing matches ahead for Thursday's Round of 32, including Sam Burns taking on Ollie Schniederjans, USC's Rico Hoey playing Arizona State's Jon Rahm and Washington All-American Cheng-Tsung Pan teeing it up with SMU's Bryson Dechambeau.

Here is a look at Thursday's tee times, with the Round of 16 to follow in the afternoon:

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  • Brandon McIver (32) vs. Nathan Smith (64), 7 ...

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Alex Miceli
Nathan Smith ousted top-seeded Lee McCoy in 19 holes at the U.S. Amateur on Wednesday.
Nathan Smith ousted top-seeded Lee McCoy in 19 holes at the U.S. Amateur on Wednesday.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Nathan Smith has won four Mid-Amateur titles, but his record in the U.S. Amateur is not as successful, only progressing to the match-play portion four times.

However, he took full advantage Wednesday on Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course, knocking off top-seeded Lee McCoy in 19 holes.

The 36-year-old Smith is the quintessential amateur. Having never turned pro, he works as an investment advisor in Pittsburgh and fits in golf as he can, usually hitting balls or working on his short game.

But don't let that fool you. Smith sill has a tendency to show ...

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Adam Schupak
Will Zalatoris defeated Jordan Niebrugge during the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Will Zalatoris defeated Jordan Niebrugge during the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Scores from the Round of 64

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Will Zalatoris’ summer keeps getting better. Having already won the Texas State Amateur, the Trans-Miss Championship and U.S. Junior Amateur, Zalatoris knocked off an injured Jordan Niebrugge, 2 and 1, in the Round of 64 at the 114th U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

“I’m the No. 7 seed and I’m playing a Walker Cupper,” Zalatoris said. “But the part that I love is the pressure. I thrive on it.”

Zalatoris, 17, who is from Plano, Texas, jumped out to an early lead winning the second hole ...

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August 13, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.

SCORES: U.S. Amateur, Round of 64

Golfweek Staff
Sam Burns beat Matt NeSmith on Wednesday during the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.
Sam Burns beat Matt NeSmith on Wednesday during the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Round-of-64 results are rolling in at the 2014 U.S. Amateur. Here is a look at the finished matches at Atlanta Athletic Club:

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  • Nathan Smith (64) def. Lee McCoy (1), 19 holes
  • Brandon McIver (32) def. Doug Ghim (33), 2 and 1.
  • Trevor Phillips (49) def. Guillermo Pereira (16), 4 and 3.
  • Byron Meth (17) def. Emilio Cuartero (48), 6 and 5
  • Jimmy Mullen (8) def. Todd White (57), 1 up
  • Justin Tereshko (25) def. Xander Schauffele (40), 7 and 6
  • Frederick Wedel (56) def. Carson Jacobs (9), 5 and 4
  • Derek Bard (24 ...

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Cassie Stein
Corey Conners sunk a 6-foot par putt on 18 at Atlanta Athletic Club to defeat Scottie Scheffler in the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.
Corey Conners sunk a 6-foot par putt on 18 at Atlanta Athletic Club to defeat Scottie Scheffler in the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.

Scores from the Round of 64

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Corey Conners vs. Scottie Scheffler.

It was one of multiple matches in the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur that no one wanted to see this early, but it happened.

Both are established amateur players – Conners was a semifinalist at this championship in 2013, while Scheffler won the U.S. Junior Amateur last year before making a quarterfinals run at Brookline. They went the distance Wednesday afternoon as the 22-year-old Canadian, Conners, took down Scheffler, 1 up.

“It was kind of a struggle at the beginning,” Conners said. “We ...

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Nick Masuda
Ollie Schniederjans knocked off Matt Teesdale, 6 and 5, in the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
Ollie Schniederjans knocked off Matt Teesdale, 6 and 5, in the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur.

Scores from the Round of 64

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Ollie Schniederjans has an inherent advantage this week at the 114th U.S. Amateur, although it easily could be a distraction if the Georgia Tech senior weren't headstrong.

The world's top-ranked amateur is playing in his figurative backyard this week, with throngs of fans following his every move at Atlanta Athletic Club – something that gives him an idea of what the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy deal with every week on the PGA Tour.

"It could definitely be a distraction for me playing here with so many ...

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Nick Masuda
Nathan Smith advanced to the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur by going birdie-par in a playoff on Wednesday morning at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Nathan Smith advanced to the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur by going birdie-par in a playoff on Wednesday morning at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Nathan Smith says that his five-year drought from U.S. Amateur match play has felt a bit longer than that.

Forgive him, but maybe his "old" age is finally catching up to him.

The 36-year-old mid-amateur star was the last man into the Round of 64 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in a 17-for-4 playoff Wednesday morning, tapping in an 18-inch putt on the Riverside course's par-3 eighth hole to advance for the first time since 2009 at Southern Hills.

His reward? A 2:10 p.m. EDT match with top-seeded Lee McCoy, who was 8 ...

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August 12, 2014 | 9:39 p.m.

U.S. Amateur tee times: Round of 64 matches

Nick Masuda
Scottie Scheffler is set to take on Corey Conners in Wednesday's Round of 64 match-play action at the U.S. Amateur.
Scottie Scheffler is set to take on Corey Conners in Wednesday's Round of 64 match-play action at the U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – While the final field of 64 won't be determined until Wednesday at the 114th U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club, the match-play bracket has been revealed with four to-be-determined spots on the line in the 17-for-4 playoff early at 8 a.m. EDT.

Some intriguing matches are already set, with Kent State's Corey Conners taking on 2013 U.S. Junior champion Scottie Scheffler, while Texas freshman Taylor Funk will face off against USC sophomore Rico Hoey. Oregon up-and-comer Brandon McIver will have his hands full with Texas commit Doug Ghim, while 2014 U ...

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Alex Miceli
Mike McCoy during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Mike McCoy during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Mike McCoy believed he had made it through to the match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur, but he did not feel victorious after being informed that he was disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard.

McCoy, 51, was the second-oldest winner of the Mid-Amateur last fall at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama and this week at Atlanta Athletic Club was playing in his 40th USGA championship. But on Tuesday, he acted more like a rookie. McCoy shot 74, but mistakenly signed for 73. The 74 would have been good enough ...

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