ERIN, Wis. - Dallas’ Scottie Scheffler, who has completed in multiple junior golf events at Hollytree Country Club, was the low amateur at the 117th U.S. Open.
Scheffler, who plays at the University of Texas, shot a final round of 73 to finish at 1-under, beating his good friend and Texas A&M golfer Cameron Champ, of Sacramento, California.
Scheffler tied for 27th with Russell Henley, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and Jamie Lovemark. He had rounds of 69, 74, 71 and 73 for a 287. If not for us amateur status he would have won $83,331.
This has been quite the confidence-building experience for the 20 year-old who played at Highland Park High School. He was the only amateur to qualify out of the tough Columbus, Ohio, sectional.
His sister, Callie, served as his caddie at Erin Hills. She played golf at Texas A&M.
“Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool,” Scheffler said.
Champ, the only other amateur to make the cut, shot a 76 to finish at even par, 288.
Fellow Texas Longhorn and Dallasite Jordan Spieth finished strong with a final round of 69 and 1-over for the tournament.
Spieth was well off the lead, but seemed to be feeling much better with his game after shooting 76 in the third round. It was an especially good day for Spieth considering how the wind picked up at Erin Hills.
“Yeah, no doubt. I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day,” the fifth-ranked player in the world said.
When asked to rate his confidence level, Spieth assigned himself a “B,” though he graded himself at an “A” with his putter .
“I feel really good about just about everything else,” Spieth said. “I've just got to get on the greens and have that cup start to look a bit bigger.”