NCAA Champion Bryson DeChambeau reaches
U.S. Amateur semifinals...
In this photo provided by the USGA,
Bryson DeChambeau watches his pitch shot to the 14th
hole during the quarterfinal round of
match play of the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields
Country Club. NCAA champion DeChambeau
beat Ireland's Paul Dunne 3 and 2 on Friday.
NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau beat
Ireland's Paul Dunne 3 and 2 on Friday
at Olympia Fields to advance to the U.S.
DeChambeau, the SMU player from Clovis,
Calif., will face Southern California
sophomore Sean Crocker of Westlake
"I'm trying to keep the pedal to the
metal and not letting my opponent have
any opportunity to win a hole, and
that's been my whole game plan this
whole week going into match play,"
DeChambeau said. "I hope I can do that
In the other quarterfinals, Crocker beat
Charleston Southern junior Austin James
of Canada 2 up; Virginia junior Derek
Bard of New Hartford, N.Y., rallied to
beat Arizona State senior Jon Rahm of
Spain 1 up; and Japan's Kenta Konishi
edged Baylor transfer Matthew Perrine of
Austin, Texas, 1 up.
DeChambeau won the par-4 11th and 13th
with birdies to take a 3-up lead and
halved the next three to end the match.
"He's an incredible player," DeChambeau
said about Dunne. "Didn't have his 'A'
game. Luckily enough, I was able to
capitalize on a couple of putts."
Dunne, coming off his senior season at
UAB, tied for 30th in the British Open
last month after sharing the 54-hole
"Golf swing just wasn't there today,"
Dunne said. "I don't know what it was.
... I need a long range session to
figure it out. So yeah, a little
disappointing. Happy to only make one
bogey. The way I was playing, I wasn't
hitting it well. So managed to keep
myself in it for a long time. Just
Bryson had his game today. Five-under
par is hard to keep up with on a U.S.
Open golf course."
Three-down after 10 holes, Bard won Nos.
11 and 12 with birdies, took the 16th
with a par, the 17th with a bogey and
halved the 18th for the victory. Rahm is
the top-ranked amateur in the world.
"Just kind of grinded away at him
today," Bard said. "He had me early. I
kept a positive outlook, stayed patient
and it fell my way."
Crocker is taking a simple approach into
his semifinal against DeChambeau.
"I'm just going to take it one shot at a
time the whole day." Crocker said. "I
feel like if I can play my game, hit the
shots like I want to hit them, I can
keep up with anyone out here. So if I
can do that, I should have a good
Konishi is trying to become the first
Japanese winner in tournament history.
He won with a par on 18 after Perrine
pulled even with a birdie win on 17.
"I don't feel any pressure," Konishi
said. "I want to just focus in on a
match tomorrow and do my best."
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