An 'upsetting' second round
PINEHURST, N.C.--So much for form holding early on Thursday at the 108th U.S. Amateur Championship. Upsets were the order of the morning under cloudy skies at Pinehurst No. 2, where three former U.S. Walker Cup team members were unexpectedly bounced.
Florida rising senior Billy Horschel never could get in front in his match with Arkansas' Andrew Landry, making six bogey en route to a 5-and-3 thumping.
Conversely, Clemson's Kyle Stanley was 2 up after four holes on Wichita State's Connor McHenry, but saw his lead slip away for good with a double bogey/bogey stretch on the 14th and 15th holes. Pars on the final three holes for both players gave McHenry the 1-up win.
Georgia's Brian Harman missed the green with his approach on the 18th hole in his match with N.C. State's Brandon Detweiler and failed to get up and down, losing 1 up. Detweiler had squared the match on the 17th hole with a 25-foot birdie putt after both players made 20-foot plus birdies on the 16th.
Not all the star powered was lost from the tournament, however. Oklahoma State standout Rickie Fowler took out Western Washington's Jake Koppenberg, 6 and 5____, while Fowler's OSU teammate, Kevin Tway, beat medalist__Robbie Fillmore from BYU, 3 and 2__.
In perhaps the marquee match of the second round, Derek Fathauer, who just finished his college career at Louisville, needed 20 holes to knock off Oklahoma State incoming freshman Peter Uihlein. The play was ragged, admitted both golfers, but clutch par putts on the 18th and 19th holes from each player kept the match going.
Finally on the 20th hole, Uihlein lipped out a five footer for par--his first three-putt of the week--to give the match to his opponent, a quartefinalist in last year's U.S. Amateur.