Five players at the U.S. Amateur who have a chance to compete on Wednesday for the title had huge turnarounds from day one to day two. Sun Devil Jon Rahm was one of them.
Rahm was one of five players in the field who improved by at least six strokes to move on to match play. He had a 75 on Monday, but came back with a 69 in round two to finish tied for 43rd and advance to the round of 64 with a match vs. Beau Hossler at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Rahm will continue his quest to become the first Sun Devil to win the U.S. Amateur since Jeff Quinney in 2000 when he tees it at the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club. He had five birdies on Tuesday in round two, overcoming two double bogeys on Monday to advance.
Sam Burns (72-66), M.J. Magruire (76-67), Matt Nesmith (75-69) and Kyle Gebhard (76-69) also had improvements of at least six strokes to advance to Wednesday.
Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14, and the quarterfinal matches will be played on Friday, Aug. 15. The semifinals are set for Saturday, Aug. 16 and the 36-hole championship match is slated for Sunday, Aug. 17.
Golf Channel will provide coverage of match-play competition on Wednesday, Aug. 13 (4-6 p.m. ET), Thursday, Aug. 14 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Friday, Aug. 15 (8:30-10:30 p.m.). NBC will air coverage of the semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 16 (4-6 p.m.) and the championship match on Sunday, Aug. 17 (4-6 p.m.).
Rahm, who will be a junior at Arizona State next season with two honorable mention All-America honors in his possession, won the Spanish Amateur earlier this summer by shooting a 5-under 276 that included a 7-under 64 in the final round after starting with a 73 in the first round (with Sun Devil teammate Ben Shur as his caddie) In late June. Rahm also clinched the Palmer Cup for Europe with a 4 and 2 victory against Wyndham Clark, continuing the strong tradition of Sun Devils playing well in the match play event.
PAST SUN DEVIL U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION RESULTS
1987: Bill Mayfair d. Eric Rebmann, 4 and 3; Jupiter Hills Club (Hills Course), Jupiter, Fla.; Medalist — 141, Scott Gump; Entries: 4,084
1990: Phil Mickelson d. Manny Zerman, 5 and 4; Cherry Hills C.C., Englewood, Colo.; Medalist — 135, Phil Mickelson; Entries: 4,765
2000: Jeff Quinney d. James Driscoll, 39 holes; Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.; Medalists — 137, Jim Salinetti, Jeff Wilson; Entries: 7,124
PAR AND YARDAGE: Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course will be set up at 7,490 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71.
ABOUT SUN DEVIL JON RAHM
--Won the 2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational in March with a record-breaking 21-under 192 and led the nation for the second straight year with 12 eagles after notching nine in his freshman season.
--He will enter his junior season of 2014-15 with three collegiate tournament wins, a 71.13 stroke average in 27 career events and 31 rounds in the 60s.
--The Spaniard has posted par or better in 47 of 83 career rounds. This past season his 70.84 stroke average was the best by a Sun Devil since Niklas Lemke shot 70.03 in 2006-07.
--He also averaged 3.06 on par-three scoring, best by a Sun Devil since Chez Reavie averaged 3.05 in 2003-04.
--Earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013-14 and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012-13.
--Shot a NCAA Championship opening-round record of 61 on May 28, 2013.
JON RAHM CAREER COLLEGIATE WINS
2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational 62-64-66=192/-21 (March 21-23, 2014)
2013 Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic 72-70-67=209/-7 (March 11-12, 2013)
2012 Bill Cullum Invitational 72-65-67=204/-12 (Oct. 21-22, 2012)
JON RAHM CAREER STATISTICS
2013-14: 12 TOURNAMENTS/37 ROUNDS/70.84 STROKE AVERAGE
2012-13: 15 TOURNAMENTS/46 ROUNDS/71.37 STROKE AVERAGE
CAREER: 27 TOURNAMENTS/83 ROUNDS/71.13 STROKE AVERAGE