CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman and Oklahoma State’s Bo Jin are tied through 17 holes of their second-round match at the United States Amateur at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. The two All-Americans will resume play in the morning with both hitting their second shots on the 484-yard par four 18th hole.
If the match remains tied they will go extra holes and return to the first hole, which Bridgeman won earlier in the match. When play was halted Bridgeman was in the fairway 170 yards from the hole and Jin was in a bunker 180 yards from the hole.
Bridgeman was 1-up after nine holes thanks to victories on the 288-yard par three eighth, and the par-four 477-yard ninth. He had won the exact same holes in his first round victory over Jonathan Griz.
Bridgeman took a 1-up lead again by winning the 16th hole, a 231-yard par three. It was the third win on a par three hole for Bridgeman in the match. But Jin came right back and won the 17th hole, a short par four, with a birdie. Bridgeman has won five holes, all with pars, and Jin has won five in the competitive match that has included seven tied holes. For the first two matches covering 35 holes, Bridgeman has won 10 holes, all with pars on the difficult Oakmont Course.
The winner of the Bridgeman-Jin match will face North Carolina junior Austin Greaser in the round of 16. Greaser finished in a tie for fifth at the ACC Tournament in April with Bridgeman at 206 for the 54 holes of stroke play.
On Wednesday morning Bridgeman defeated Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head, S.C. 1-up. Bridgeman made a par and Griz a bogey on the 18th hole to gain the first-round victory that took two days to play. The golfers played the first 13 holes Wednesday afternoon and early evening until darkness halted play with the match all tied. They tied first four holes they played Thursday morning, then Bridgeman won the 18th hole.
It marked the second time this year that Bridgeman had won a big match with a par on the 18th hole. At the ACC Tournament championship match against Florida State, Bridgeman defeated number-one ranked John Pak 1-up by winning the 18th hole.
Jacob Bridgeman at United States Amateur
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.
Aug. 9-11 Stroke Play
63-73/136 -4 T7th
Aug. 11-12 Match Play