PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Austin Squires beat qualifying medalist Brandon Wu 2 up on Wednesday on the first day of match play at the U.S. Amateur.
Squires, a former Cincinnati player who lost to eventual champion Viktor Hovland in the quarterfinals last year at Pebble Beach, was the last player to advance from two rounds of stroke play at Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4. He needed four holes in a 27-for-3 playoff to claim the final spot in the 64-player field.
“It was kind of nice that I had already played a couple holes before the match,” Squires said. “Granted, it was on (course No.) 4, which (is) a little different, but it was kind of nice. It was a little easier getting rhythm.”
Squires went ahead 2 up with a birdie on the par-3 15th hole on the No. 2 course. Wu rallied on the 17th with a birdie to Squires’ par, but Squires ended it with a birdie on the 18th while Wu bogeyed the hole.
Wu, the world’s 11th-ranked amateur and a member of Stanford’s NCAA championship team this season, finished 36 holes of stroke play at 3-under-par 137 to claim…