Tuesday’s Second Round Scores, playoff participants (8 for 3 spots)
Wednesday’s Round of 64 matchups
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va., continued his stellar play Tuesday morning and missed an afternoon four plus hour rain delay on arguably Baltusrol Golf Club’s toughest layout, the Lower Course.
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After shooting a five under 66 on the Upper Course Monday, the 15-year-old Chinn followed up with a 3-under 67 for medalist and top-seed honors after the second and final day of stroke play at the 71st USGA Amateur Championship in Springfield.
Chinn garnered six birdies (three on each nine) and one bogey on the day.
“I feel really good about my game, so I’m really excited for match play," said Chinn. "This is such a huge tournament. Just to be in it was amazing, and to be medalist would be really high on my achievement list.”
Chinn’s eight under par (66-67-133) was two strokes better than Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, Calif. (67-68--135) and Karl Vilips of Australia (66-69--135).
Rain, rain finally went away: Tuesday’s second round was delayed for just over four hours (play suspended at 2:13 p.m. EDT) due to heavy thunderstorms. Play resumed on Baltusrol’s Upper, Lower courses at 6:20 p.m., and stroke play concluded right before dusk.
Get Up!: An eight-player playoff (all of whom finished at 7-over-par 148) for three remaining match-play spots will begin at 7 a.m. ET on Baltusrol’s famed par 3 4th hole.
Nathan Cogswell (Kent, Wash.), Jacob Torres (Alea, Hawaii), Nathan Han (Somers, N.Y.) and William Draper (Oak Park, Calif.) will start at 7 a.m., while Trent Geritz (Towson, Md.), Eric Doyle (San Diego, Calif.), Bryce Kvick (Carmichael, Calif.) and Julian Perico (Peru) follow at 7:15 a.m.
Baltusrol Bits: All three USGA champions in the field, 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball co-champions Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber, and 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball co-champion Shuai Ming (Ben) Wong, advanced to match play. Hammer shot 68 on the Upper Course on Tuesday to finish at 4-under 137, while Wong finished at even-par 141 and Barber at 5-over 146. … Japan’s Yuki Moriyama shot a 29 on his front nine on the Lower Course Tuesday. His 29 was the second in U.S. Junior Amateur history - Eric Bae shot 29 on his inward nine during the second round of stroke play in the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur, held at The Club at Carlton Woods (Nicklaus Course), in The Woodlands, Texas. … While the Upper Course was the easier of the two courses, only three bogey-free rounds were recorded during stroke play, and all of them were on the Lower Course. Akshay Bhatia fired a 4-under 66 on the Lower on Monday, and on Tuesday, Yuki Moriyama (65) and Joseph Pagdin (67) accomplished the feat. … Through seven holes on Tuesday, 16-year-old Canon Claycomb of Bowling Green, Ky., was sitting at 6 over for the championship, right around the cut line. That all changed in a hurry. Claycomb birdied five of his last 11 holes on the Upper Course, including his last three, to post 1-over 142 and comfortably book a spot in match play.
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Wednesday’s Weather (provided by weather.com): Generally sunny. High 87F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Humidity 48%. UV Index: 9 of 10. Sunrise: 5:41 a.m. ET, Sunset: 8:24 p.m.)