Crocker Advances To U.S. Amateur Quarterfinals|
Aug. 20, 2015
USC sophomore Sean Crocker survived a two-hole playoff in the round of 16 to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals on Thursday (Aug. 20) at the Olympia Fields (Ill.) C.C.
Crocker defeated Alabama junior Robby Shelton on the second playoff hole when he connected from 12 feet for par moments before the Crimson Tide star missed his three-footer to tie. Shelton had tied the match on 18 with a 22-foot birdie.
Neither player held more than a one-hole lead throughout the match. Crocker didn't get his first lead until a birdie on 14. Shelton squared the match with a birdie on 16 and he countered Crocker's birdie on 17 with his long putt to close regulation.
"I didn't expect that one little bit," Crocker said of Shelton's miss. "I expected to be playing another hole, and then I just kind of -- I was watching it, and I saw him just look up and not reach for the hole, and I saw my caddie just kind of wave me up. I didn't even believe it. I didn't think it was going to happen."
Crocker, integral in USC's program-best runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in June as a freshman, will face Canadian and Charleston Southern upperclassman Austin James at 11:30 a.m. PT. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast coverage between 12-3 p.m. PT.
Crocker tied for 14th in the 36-hole stroke play at par 140 (69-71) to advance into the 64-man match play bracket. Crocker defeated Romain Langasque of France, 4&2, in his first match play contest. He dispatched of Adam Bell in the round of 32 this morning, 3&1, before taking on Shelton.
Scoring for the match is available at USGA.com.