Crocker's U.S. Amateur Run Ends In Semifinals|
Aug. 22, 2015
Trojan sophomore Sean Crocker’s impressive run through the 2015 U.S. Amateur field ended Saturday with a 4&3 loss in the semifinals to reigning NCAA individual champion Bryson DeChambeau on Saturday (Aug. 22) at the Olympia Fields (Ill.) C.C.
The 2015 All-American and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Crocker never led in the match against the streaking DeChambeau, though back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6 squared the match.
Crocker went 2down through 10 before a birdie on 11 halved the gap. DeChambeau, however, kept up his pressure and won the next three holes before clinching the match when both players parred the 15th hole.
“It was a lot of fun. I can't complain,” Crocker said. “I played great this whole week. Hit a lot of good shots and had a couple bad ones but got really far in the tournament. The USGA ran the tournament great and I had a lot of support out there which means a lot to me.
“Obviously I didn't perform today exactly how I wanted to and didn't win my match but Bryson is one heck of a competitor. I hope he goes out there and wins it tomorrow, or he has a great match tomorrow with the person he's playing. But he's a heck of a player and he deserves to go as far as he did and keep on going.”
USC, coming off a trip to the 2015 NCAA Championships match play final – its best result in program history – begins the 2015-16 season at the Husky Invitational Sept. 21-22 in Suncadia, Wash.