BROOKLINE, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers lost his second match Thursday, falling to Canadian Corey Conners, 5 and 3, in the U.S. Amateur at the Country Club.
Rodgers, one of five players in the original field of 64 to be named to the U.S. Walker Cup team, beat England’s Greg Eason, 3 and 2, in his first match Thursday.
Conners moves on to play co-qualifying medalist Neil Raymond in a quarterfinal match Friday. Brady Watt, who shared medalist honors with Raymond, also won twice Thursday.
Scottie Scheffler of Dallas, who last month won the U.S. Junior Amateur, eliminated Cal’s Michael Hagy in a 20-hole match Thursday morning.
Raymond, trying to become the first English winner since 1911, beat Zachary Olsen of Cordova, Tenn., 2 and 1 in the morning and edged Australia’s Nathan Holman 1 up in the afternoon. Watt, from Australia, topped Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., 3 and 2 in the morning and beat Canada’s Charlie Hughes 2 and 1 in the afternoon.
In the other upper-bracket quarterfinal, Adam Ball of Richmond, Va., will meet England’s Matt Fitzpatrick. Ball routed Chelso Barrett of Surry, N.H., 6 and 5, and Fitzpatrick beat Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y., 4 and 3.
In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, Watt will face Scheffler; and Australia’s Oliver Goss will meet Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa. Scheffler beat Austria’s Matthias Schwab 1 up Thursday afternoon, Goss topped Xander Schauffele of San Diego 3 and 1, and Matthews edged Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., 3 and 2.
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