Saturday, July 22, 2017

Texas Longhorns' Doug Ghim wins Pacific Coast Amateur Golf Championship

Texas senior Doug Ghim won the 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship by two strokes on Friday.

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 22, 2017) Texas Men’s Golf senior Doug Ghim won the 51st Pacific Amateur Championship after two-putting the final hole at Chambers Bay on Friday.

Ghim's victorious final score was 70-67-69-69-275 (-9). He was the only player to shoot under-par in all four rounds.

He entered the day with bogey on a difficult par-4, but bounced back with birdie on the par-4 second and a holed-out bunker shot for birdie on the par-4 third to take the lead.

After making another birdie on the par-4 7th hole, Ghim was two-under on his day, -9 for the championship making the turn and holding a three-stroke lead in his group and on the field. Things quickly became interesting for the Longhorn after making the turn.

After pulling his drive left into the menacing and gnarly rough, Ghim was forced to pitch backwards into the second cut of rough on his second. His approach shot from there would fly a couple yards long, leaving himself a difficult up-and-down. He was unsuccessful, dropping two shots. Just like that, the championship went from smooth sailing to a single stroke differential, a number that remained constant to the final putt.

Ghim calmly hit the green in two shots, giving himself two putts on a 30-foot uphill line to the same back left hole location. After Zalatoris was unable to get up-and-down for birdie and join Champ at -8, all that was left for Ghim was to get down in two putts for a single-stroke margin of victory. His caddy for the week, who was his father Jeff, helped line up the putt and Ghim calmly rolled the first putt to three feet. After both Springer and Zalatoris putted out, Ghim stepped up and knocked the winning put into the back of the hole with his family looking on and cheering in the gallery.

Texas Longhorn alumnus Jordan Spieth won the US Open on in 2015.

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