The Loop

Main claims U.S. Amateur medalist honors

August 24, 2011

__ERIN, Wis.—__Early Wednesday afternoon, there were plenty of players huddled around the scoreboard at Erin Hills GC, anxiously waiting to see whether their scores would get them into or leave them out of match play at the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship.

Gregor Main, however, wasn't one of them.

The 22-year-old from Danville, Calif., had allowed himself the luxury of not having to sweat anything out when earlier in the day he played the final nine holes of his second round of stroke-play qualifying at Erin Hills in three under par. It gave Main a 67 for the entire round and a 10-under 132 total for 36 holes, earning him not only medalist honors but also a place in the USGA record book to matching the lowest score by a medalist in the championships history (he tied the achievement of Hank Kim in 1994 at TPC Sawgrass).

Main made just one bogey in stroke play, work with his short game instructor Justin Lee prior to the championship having paid off. During his round at Erin Hills, Main holed all five of his birdie putts from outside 10 feet, as well as making a par save from 10 feet on the 18th hole to cap the round.

"The goal before you get here is always to just get into match play," Main said. "But I felt good about my game. I've had some good events this summer and felt ready to play."

While Main had no worries about having another tee time at Erin Hills, who he'll play remained uncertain as a 20-golfer for four-spot playoff for players who had shot even-par 142 was needed to determine the final 64 to play in match play.

The first round of match play was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. local time.