TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bud Cauley made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole in a 3 and 1 victory over Rickie Fowler in the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship on Wednesday.
Fowler, who played two seasons at nearby Oklahoma State before declaring his intention to turn professional after the Walker Cup, was one of the day’s big draws along with former Cowboys teammates Morgan Hoffmann and Kevin Tway.
Unfortunately for the home crowds, Hoffmann was eliminated in 19 holes by Charlie Holland while Tway, with PGA Tour father Bob as his caddie, was knocked off when he bogeyed the final hole, losing 1 up to Brett Kanda.
“All the cheers were for the other guy, and that’s okay,” Kanda said. “All the OK State guys are popular here. It’s nice to be able to take one of them down.”
Fifty-year old medalist Tim Jackson beat John Kostis 5 and 4. Jackson will face Holland in the second round, while Cauley plays David Lingmerth of Sweden, who defeated Scott Strohmeyer of Auburn, Ala., 3 and 2.
“I’m hitting the ball well and I’m confident,” said Jackson, who led the U.S. Senior Open after two rounds before finishing 11th. “I’ve been putting well for the last two months as well. I think I can do well on a course like this when I’m clicking.”
Two Oklahoma State players did manage to advance. Peter Uihlein edged James Sacheck of The Woodlands, Texas, in 19 holes, while Trent Whitekiller also went one extra hole to defeat Welsey Bryan of Chapin, S.C.
The second and third rounds will be held Thursday. The 36-hole final is Sunday.