WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Cristie Kerr has been a star for the U.S. team all week, salvaging a brilliant half-point in the opening session and following with two more victories on Saturday. She’s done it all boasting a certain swagger, too. “Clutch,” she described her putt to salvage a half point on Friday. “I took a lot of deep breaths before I even went back to mark my ball. I didn’t have any nerves.” But during Sunday Singles, that swagger came back to bite her. After a victory on the opening hole, she was a short putt away from goign 2UP through two. She hit the putt, liked it, started walking after it before it went in the hole and then…oops. Never celebrate early, kids.
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.
LOS ANGELES – They should have celebrated like this three years ago – with fist pumps and hugs and cries of “Masters! Masters! We’re going to the Masters!” In the summer of 2014, with his father, Jeff, on the bag, Doug Ghim stood on the final tee with a 1-up lead in the U.S. Amateur Public Links. The incoming freshman at Texas was about 400 yards from victory and a spot in the Masters … and then he pumped his tee shot out of bounds and made double bogey. He lost to Byron Meth on the first playoff hole. Ghim’s explanation that day at Sand Creek? “Nerves,” he said. “I’d just never been in this position before. But next time, I’ll be ready.” And so here he was Saturday, in the semifinals of the