U.S. Amateur Reaches Match Play After Epic 23-Man Playoff

Wednesday August 17th, 2016
The 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills is ready for match play after a 23-man playoff for eight final spots.
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One of the best (and certainly largest) playoffs the golf world has seen in recent history occurred Wednesday morning at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

The 312-man field is trimmed to 64 after two rounds of stroke play, but 23 players tied for 57th at two over, calling for a 23-man playoff for eight spots before match play kicked off later Wednesday morning. One more thing: the playoff was sudden-death.

The madness began on the par-3 10th hole, where three players made birdie to get through, while the six players who made bogey or worse were sent packing. That reduced the herd to a 14-man playoff for five spots.

On the next hole, the par-4 11th, four players made birdie and two made bogey, leaving eight players vying for the final spot. Five holes later Scott Harvey, the 2014 USGA Mid-Am champion, secured that last spot when he made par as his two remaining challengers made bogey.

The match-play portion of the event already is underway, culminating with the 36-hole final on Sunday.  

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