By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports activities Author
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Travis Vick was already an NCAA workforce champion at Texas. Now he can add low beginner at the usOpen to his resume.
Vick shot a 3-over 73 at The Nation Membership on Sunday to complete at 8-over par for the event and declare a silver medal from the USGA. Vick additionally had the successful level for Texas within the nationwide championship earlier this month.
“It’s form of been like a golfer’s excessive in a way,” Vick stated Sunday. “I certified for the Open, after which the next week we go to the NCAAs and find yourself successful. Then I get right here and end low am.”
Vick was 1 below to make the reduce after capturing 70 and 69 within the first two rounds. He adopted that with a 76 — blowing up with a 9 on the eighth gap on Saturday — after which capturing 73 to complete two strokes forward of Sam Bennett (73), who performed for rival Texas A&M.
Austin Greaser (17 over) and Stewart Hagestad (19 over) have been the one different amateurs to make the reduce.
“It’s simply been an honor being right here. The entire expertise was unimaginable,” Vick stated. “Then to high it off with low am, it’s arduous to place into phrases how superior that’s.”
Vick stated taking part in within the NCAA was “far more stress, despite the fact that there’s 1000’s of extra followers right here.”
“Once you’re taking part in to your workforce and also you’re taking part in for a college, there’s simply one thing about it as a result of it’s one thing that we follow for all 12 months lengthy and also you solely get one alternative to do this,” he stated.
“However to say that there was no stress out right here can be a lie, particularly whenever you’re on the primary tee with Brooks Koepka proper subsequent to you.”
Rory McIlroy, the 2011 winner, shot 69 to complete 2 below for the event and tied for fifth. It was his fourth straight top-10 end on the U.S. Open after lacking the reduce the earlier three years.
He additionally completed second on the Masters in April and eighth on the PGA Championship in Tulsa in Could.
“I’ll look again at this as one other missed alternative, simply as (the PGA in) Southern Hills was,” he stated. “However missed alternatives are higher than not contending in any respect. So that could be a constructive.
“I’ve to remain affected person at this level,” McIlroy stated. “As a result of if I simply hold placing myself in place, ultimately it’s going to be my day and I’m going to get one.”
A string of holes early the place he went bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey set the tone.
“A little bit of a curler coaster on the entrance 9,” he stated. “That’s the way in which the U.S. Opens go. There’s quite a lot of highs and quite a lot of lows.”
McIlroy, who gained in Toronto final week, was aiming for his fifth main victory — however his first since 2014. It was his twenty sixth top-10 end in a serious.
“It’s not win or bust. It’s not as if the place I completed at the moment is similar as not taking part in on the weekend,” he stated. “I assume after I look again, will I keep in mind the fifth place I had at Brookline? In all probability not.”
Will Zalatoris got here dressed for the event when he arrived at The Nation Membership for the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Open.
The in a single day co-leader wore a shirt that was dotted with the silhouette of Francis Ouimet and his 10-year-old caddie, Eddie Lowery, from the 1913 U.S. Open at The Nation Membership.
Ouimet was a 20-year-old beginner who lived throughout the road when he beat celebrated British professionals Ted Ray and Harry Vardon in a playoff. The victory led to a golf growth in the USA and was celebrated in a ebook and film known as “The Biggest Sport Ever Performed.”
A statue of the 2 sits on the entrance to a municipal course adjoining to The Nation Membership.
Qualifier Joel Dahmen could not end the job after taking a share of the 36-hole lead, however he’ll depart The Nation Membership with an exemption into subsequent 12 months’s U.S. Open.
The highest 10 finishers do not must undergo qualifying for the occasion on the Los Angeles Nation Membership subsequent summer time. Which means Denny McCarthy and Adam Hadwin, who completed tied for seventh at 1 below, and Dahmen, who was tied for tenth at even par, can keep away from the native qualifying in addition to the 36-hole last step that is called “the longest day in golf.”
The opposite seven within the high 10 had earned exemptions into this 12 months’s event.
“I had no thought on any of that stuff,” Dahmen stated. “I would be capable of dangle on to that. I don’t take pleasure in that 36-hole day.”
AP Golf Author Doug Ferguson and AP Nationwide Author Eddie Pells contributed to this report.
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