US Amateurs: Aman Gupta reaches quarterfinals

Oregon (USA), August 14

Marching on in splendid style on the US Amateurs, Indian-American Aman Gupta gained each his matches to enter the quarterfinal of some of the prestigious novice tournaments on the earth.

The 21-year-old Gupta, one of many final gamers to get into the sector, had contrasting wins throughout the day. He beat Jonathan Yaun within the Round of 32 and Sam Bennett within the Round of 16.

Gupta, who reached the quarters of the 2017 US Junior Amateurs and performed the US Amateurs final yr, is now assured of a return to the 121st US Amateur at Oakmont (Pa) Country Club, in addition to an exemption from native qualifying for the 121st US Open at Torrey Pines.

In the quarterfinal, he meets the 18-year-old 43rd ranked Michael Thorbjornsen, who final yr at Pebble Beach grew to become the second-youngest golfer to make a lower in a US Open since World War II.

Thorbjornsen is trying to turn out to be solely the second participant to win each the US Junior Amateur and US Amateur for the reason that legendary Tiger Woods.

“My game feels really good. Just my mindset, I’m just going to go play my game tomorrow, and whatever I got is what I got. If I lose, I lose, but hopefully, I can win. I just need to play my game,” mentioned Gupta.

On having his Oklahoma State University coach, Alan Bratton, on the bag, he added, “He’s helping me a lot. He does a very good job on the bag, even at college tournaments when he walks with me. He’s good at figuring out the number and helping you just commit to what you have.”

“He’ll fire you up at certain times, but otherwise he’s pretty even-keeled. If you hit a bad shot, he’ll probably say, oh, that was bad or that was terrible, just move on and whatever you’ve got you’ve got. I think that personality fits really well with how I think through golf courses for sure.”

In the Round of 32 Gupta went 2-up successful the fifth gap with a birdie and the Par-Three sixth with a par. However, Yaun hit again successful three in a row from eighth.

Yaun had a birdie on eighth as Gupta managed a par. Then Gupta birdied Par-5 ninth solely to see Yaun go higher with an eagle and tie the match. On the 10th Yaun parred as Gupta bogeyed and fell behind.

It was Gupta’s flip to win the 14th and 15th with pars to take a one-hole lead. Gupta stayed regular with pars on the remaining three holes, whereas Yaun was unable to place the strain on and bowed out.

Gupta, ranked 500th on the earth, returned within the afternoon for the Round of 16 conflict with Bennett, 125th within the World Amateur rankings.

Gupta rallied strongly after dropping the primary two holes. Bennett gained the primary with a birdie and the second with a par for an early lead as Gupta bogeyed the Par-5 first and parred the following.

Slowly however steadily Gupta caught up and gained the third with a birdie after which tied the match by successful the Par-Three sixth with a par after which solid forward taking the seventh with a birdie.

He tightened the grip and gained 4 holes between 10th and 15th to go 5-up. Gupta gained solely a type of 4 with a birdie and took the remainder with pars as Bennett crumbled. When Bennett double-bogeyed the par-3 15th to Gupta’s par, the match ended 5&Three in favour of the Indian-American.

One of essentially the most heart-breaking losses got here for Segundo Oliva Pinto, who misplaced to Tyler Strafaci after his caddie touched the sand in a greenside bunker on the 18th at which level the 2 gamers have been tied.

The penalty led to Pinto dropping the opening and the match and an opportunity to make the highest eight. PTI

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