Scottie Scheffler: Kid Comeback

Scottie Scheffler: Kid Comeback

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- After a back-and-forth front nine, it appeared that Brandon Hagy was in charge of the match when he went 2 Up through 13 holes against Scottie Scheffler.

Hagy, a rising senior at Cal, has five years and about 30 yards on his opponent, the youngest player left in the field.

Hagy appeared in control of his game having just made a conceded birdie on No. 12 (which Scheffler matched with a 20-foot putt of his own) and then two-putted for par on No. 13. Scheffler, on the other hand, made bogey after hitting his tee shot in the left rough.

From the middle of the fairway on 14, however, things changed as Hagy flared an iron well right and his first chip came up short in the greenside rough, eventually leading to a conceded par.

On the short par-4 17th and still 1 Up, Hagy laid up off the tee after Scheffler hit driver into the left rough. After Hagy hit a wedge to 15 feet, Scheffler hit his second to 20 feet. Putting first, Scheffler put the pressure on Hagy by draining his birdie putt. Hagy missed, and just like that the match headed to 18 all square.

In dramatic fashion, Scheffler eventually closed out Hagy by saving par on the 20th hole of the match (the par-3 2nd) from the right rough, while Hagy made bogey after his approach shot came up short and left.

The loss likely ended Hagy's outside shot at a Walker Cup bid but continued a stellar summer for Scheffler, who, in addition to reaching the Round of 16 at the Amateur, won the U.S. Boys Junior Championship a couple weeks two.

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