Oregon, August 15
Indian-American golfer Aman Gupta’s dream run on the 120th US Amateur continued as he beat the youthful however greater ranked Michael Thorbjornsen 1-up within the quarterfinals at Bandon Dunes right here.
The 21-year-old Gupta trailed Thorbjornsen until the 13th, however tied on the 14th and went forward on the 15th. Thorbjornsen pulled stage once more on the 16th, earlier than Gupta gained the 17th with a par they usually halved the 18th and that despatched Gupta into the final 4.
He will now meet Tyler Strafaci, World ranked 56th from Georgia Tech. Strafaci gained 1-up over 2016 US Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad.
“I feel great about my game. I’m still hitting it good. Chipping was a little bit of a struggle but I kind of found my rhythm last night after the round, and I’ve been putting good all week,” mentioned Gupta.
“I’m just going to go hit my game plan tomorrow and hopefully pull out a win and get to the final.”
Gupta’s mother and father are of Indian origin however he was born within the US and is enrolled at Oklahoma State, which has a really robust golf group, that until not too long ago had Viktor Hovland, a 2018 US Amateur winner, and now a PGA Tour winner.
Gupta, who additionally performed on the 2019 version, and is a quarter-finalist from the 2017 US Junior Amateurs, got here into this 12 months’s occasion as a last-minute entrant when World No. 2 Ricky Castillo withdrew.
Gupta, now ranked 500th on the earth beginner rankings, was ranked as excessive at 240s at one time.
On a windswept day on the Bandon Dunes resort, Aman, who earned the fifth seeding after the stroke play, trailed the 18-year-old 2018 US Junior Amateur champion, Thorbjornsen, until the 13th gap.
Gupta fell two right down to Thorbjornsen after 10 holes. He was nonetheless one down after 13th however then first pulled stage after which went forward. Gupta gained 4 of the subsequent seven holes from 11th to 17th to outlast the No. 43 participant.
Gupta is trying to grow to be the sixth Oklahoma State participant to win the US Amateur.
The earlier ones are Labron Harris Jr. (1962), Bob Dickson (1967), Scott Verplank (1984), Peter Uihlein (2010) and Viktor Hovland (2018). PTI