By The Numbers
2: Number of University of Georgia golfers ( Adam Mitchell and Patrick Reed) among the final eight.
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26: Number of holes played by Danny Lee in winning two matches Thursday.
10:00 a.m.: Time the first of today's four quarterfinals will begin at Pinehurst No.2.
University of Louisville golfer Derek Fathauer advanced to the quarterfinals by going 20 holes to beat highly regarded Oklahoma State freshman Peter Uihlein in the morning round Thursday, then beat Kevin Tway in the afternoon despite losing a 3-up lead with four holes remaining.
Fathauer, who reached the semifinals of the 2007 U.S. Public Links Championship and made the cut in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in June, made a 20-footer to eliminate Tway after nearly squandering the match.
“I was swinging, wild, I guess,” Fathauer said. “I hit a couple of loose shots and definitely let him right back in it.”
Tway, however, couldn't complete a storybook comeback.
“I'm real disappointed after having come back,” he said. “To fight so hard and to not have it be good enough to win, it hurts.”
One of the nice things about the U.S. Amateur is how the spectators can walk along with the players while the matches are being played. There are some ropes around the greens and tees, but more to direct traffic than to keep fans away.
Especially in the afternoon when matches went to extra holes, fans filled behind the players as they played, giving it a relaxed feeling.
One of the charms of Pinehurst is how bells in a village church chime on the hour. More than once, players have been over shots then backed away when they heard the bells ringing.
The par-4 seventh hole, a dogleg right, measures 404 but it's playing a hair shorter than that, maybe 385. Still, it's startling to see player after player attempting to drive the green and nearly doing it.
It means taking a bold line over tall pines and trying to thread the shot between the bunkers that surround the green.
The tee markers were intentionally set on the front left side of the tee to encourage the risk-taking. By shifting them to the back right section of the tee, it's impossible to cut the corner. Don't worry, no one will be driving the green in the 2014 U.S. Open. Ron Green Jr.