Day 3 Sunday singles: U.S. 6, Europe 6 Overall: U.S. 16 ½, Europe 11 ½ MATCH 17: Lexi Thompson (U.S.) vs. Anna Nordqvist (Europe), halved: Difficult to find words to describe this match. Thompson was 4 down after four holes (and 4 down after nine) then went 8 under in a 7-hole stretch (Nos. 10-16) to take a 1-up lead. Nordqvist hit it stiff on 18 to win the hole and halve the match. MATCH 20: Catriona Matthew (Europe) def. Stacy Lewis (U.S.), 1 up: Another incredible match that, unfortunately, will get lost in the shuffle. Matthew was 3 down after 11 and just calmly plodded her way back for the victory. The Suzann Pettersen replacement compiled a remarkable 3-1 record. MATCH 22: Caroline Masson
When Doug Ghim's winning putt dropped on the 17th hole of his U.S. Amateur semifinal, he immediately realized he has a second chance at a missed opportunity. Ghim narrowly lost the chance to play in the Masters in 2014 when he blew a lead on the final hole of the U.S. Public Links Amateur, a failure that annoys and motivates the University of Texas senior to this day. After reaching the final of the U.S. Amateur along with Doc Redman on Saturday, he is almost certain to get an invitation to play at Augusta next year.
Doug Ghim, the seventh-ranked amateur golfer in the world, played well enough to win the U.S. Amateur Championship in the 36-hole final Sunday at Riviera Country Club. He just didn’t play well enough to beat a 19-year-old sophomore from Clemson whose swing was never betrayed by the match’s relentless pressure and whose putter seemed equipped with a GPS system locked onto the bottom of the cup. Doc Redman, who’s ranked 70th and had to survive a playoff simply to make the field of 64 that started match play Wednesday, was two holes down with two holes to play Sunday, went eagle-birdie to force a playoff, then won the 37th hole to claim the 117th Amateur. His name will join such notables as Arnold