Drumoig’s Connor Syme brave bid for glory at the US Amateur Championship ended last night at the quarter-final stage at Riviera Country Club, California.
Walker Cup hopeful Syme was defeated 2&1 by American Doug Ghim in the last eight, having enjoyed a fine week in California.
While compatriot Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten) saw his hopes end in the last-32, defeated 3&1 by Dawson Armstrong, Syme continued his progress with a 4&3 triumph over Ricky Castillo.
Syme, who took the scalp of world-ranked No 2 Maverick McNealy in the last-64, then stormed into the last eight after a tight battle with Norwegian Kristoffer Ventura. It was all square playing the last, before the Scot – the 2016 Australian Amateur champion and a two-time European Amateur Team winner with Scotland – produced a brilliant chip in to move into the quarter-finals.
Syme, who qualified for The Open at Royal Birkdale earlier this summer, then faced Ghim – ranked 7th in the world to Syme at 13. It was a tight match, but the Scot just lost out on the 17th.
Syme told the USGA: “I just didn’t quite have my best stuff today. I was grinding away as much as I could. I felt like I still drove it quite well, but didn’t quite have my best golf to put so much pressure on Doug.
“Any time you get to the quarter-finals in a field like this it’s going to be a good week. It’s just a little early just now, so it’s obviously very sore because I was looking to win. Obviously it was a good championship, but I’m obviously disappointed to lose today.”
Asked of a potential rematch against Ghim at the Walker Cup next month, Syme, 21, added: “I would love it very much. I’m sure he’ll get picked, and hopefully I do as well and we can have another go at it. I know Maverick already mentioned he wanted a rematch with me as well, so hopefully I get the chance.”
Both MacIntyre and Syme came through 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying to reach the top-64 knockout at one of the world’s biggest amateur events, from a starting field of 312.
In 2006, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay became the first British golfer in almost a century to win the US Amateur.
Men’s Home Internationals
Ireland won the Men’s Home internationals for an historic fourth year in a row as they snatched victory over England today by just a half game point.
The teams had each won their earlier two matches against Scotland and Wales and they met in a title showdown on the final day of the championship at Moortown, Yorkshire.
After 36 holes of ups and downs, drama and suspense, they halved their match with 7.5 points apiece. But, over the three days, Ireland had won 26.5 games to England’s 26 – and, once again, the Raymond Trophy will be travelling home with them.
In the play-off for third place Wales beat Scotland 9.5 – 5.5 to complete a disappointing week for the Scots.
Scotland’s hopes of victory at Nairn in the Boys’ Amateur ended today when John Paterson (New Club St Andrews) and Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) both lost out in the last-32 in the Highlands.