|Peter Uihlein was all smiles after his birdie won the fifth hole of his semifinal. (Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune)|
New Bedford native Peter Uihlein is one step away from the US Amateur championship. But standing in his way in today’s 36-hole final in University Park, Wash., is a longtime rival who has gotten the better of the world’s top-ranked amateur in the past.
Uihlein beat 18-year-old Patrick Cantlay, 4 and 3, in yesterday’s semifinals and will face Stanford junior David Chung, who ousted defending champion Byeong-Hun An, 1 up, in the 110th championship.
Uihlein, who lives in Orlando, Fla., and plays at Oklahoma State, never trailed and won three of the final five holes, finishing the match with a par at the 246-yard par-3 15th.
“I was filling up the cup early,’’ said Uihlein, who turns 21 today. “I literally just made a couple more putts than him to start off and I think that was the difference.’’
Uihlein will get a chance at a little revenge against Chung in the final. They’ve known each other since they were young players, meeting in the 2005 US Junior Amateur and at this year’s NCAA championships. Both times, Chung came out ahead.
“I have a good relationship with David. I like David a lot,’’ Uihlein said. “I think tomorrow will be a lot of fun.’’
Also hanging in the balance for the winner are spots in the 2011 Masters, US Open, and British Open.
“Peter and I have played since we were 10 years old,’’ Chung said. “I expect him to play well. I think I’m pretty prepared for anything.’’
LPGA — Michelle Wie and Jiyai Shin shared more than the top of the leaderboard after the third round at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both players suffered plenty of mosquito bites after a rainy round that saw them finish tied at 10 under for the event at St. Charles Country Club.
“Actually, they tried to kill me,’’ said Shin, who wiped out Wie’s three-stroke lead with a 3-under 69.
Champions — Bernhard Langer fired a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after the second round of the
European — Francesco Molinari shot a 4-under 68 to take one-shot lead over brother Edoardo after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.