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15, of Rowland Heights, Calif., captured the 54th U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship, 2 and 1, over Richard Scott, 17, of Ontario, Canada, at
Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.
one hole, Liaw sank a 30-foot putt on the par-4, 382-yard 16th hole to
go 2-up with two holes to go. After the two players halved the par-4,
367-yard 17th hole, Liaw had the victory and the title.
you gave me a whole shag bag, I donít think I could make another one,
but at the time I played a perfect putt," Liaw said of his long putt
on the 16th.
ended a long week for Liaw, who fell just four holes short of the U.S.
Junior Amateur record for most match-play holes needed by a champion.
Liaw played 104 holes in six rounds, including a 22-hole victory in the
second round over Ryan Cochran, son of PGA Tour pro Russ Cochran.
At 15 years
old, Liaw will be eligible for two more U.S. Junior Amateur championships.
He will not only have the chance to defend his title, but also match the
record of three straight titles set by Tiger Woods from 1991 to 1993.
year when I come out, Iím just going to give it my best again," Liaw
said. "Thatís all you can do Ė just go out there, practice hard and
just hope for the very best."
ended Scottís hopes of becoming the first Canadian to capture the U.S.
Junior Amateur title, but he did not leave disappointed.
been a great experience," Scott said. "Itís probably the most
memorable week of my golfing career."
In his semifinal,
Liaw won, 2 and 1, over Chanin Puntawong, 14, of Bradenton, Fla. Puntawong
was trying to become the youngest champion in U.S. Junior Amateur history.
Woods, who was 15 years, 6 months and 21 days old when he won the championship
the youngest Junior Amateur winner.
In the other
semifinal, Scott won six holes on the front nine to take a commanding
lead over Andrew Dresser, 17, of Carrollton, Texas. Scott took the match,
7 and 6, when the two halved the par-4, 438-yard 12th hole.
17, of Miami, Fla., captured medalist honors in record fashion, shooting
65-67ó132 to beat the previous two-day stroke play record of 134 set by
Sonny Nimkhum at the Country Club of York (Pa.) in 1999. The
tied the all-time USGA record for low 36-hole score in an amateur championship,
by five others.
joy would quickly end when he was upset in the first round of match play
by Zach Amole, 17, of Denver, Pa., who was the last person to qualify
for match play in a 6-for-3 playoff.
champion Matthew Rosenfeld, 17, of Plano, Texas, was trying to join Tiger
Woods as the only person to successfully defend his U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship. He shot an opening-round 9-over-par 80 but qualified for
match play with a 2-under-par 69. His run came to an end in the third
round, when Kevin Silva, 17, of New Bedford, Mass., sank a 25-foot putt
on the 22nd hole.
like there was Saran Wrap on the hole this week," Rosenfeld said.
"I could not make a putt."