Golf: Fox works OT to win U.S. Am on 37th hole

Published: Sunday, Aug. 19 2012 11:28 p.m. MDT

Steven Fox watches his tee shot during the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Cherry Hills, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Fox won the tournament in 37 holes. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Associated Press

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Steven Fox made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole Sunday, completing a remarkable underdog run to win the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills.

The 21-year-old Fox, from Hendersonville, Tenn., was 2-down with two holes to play against Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., before rallying to force the extra hole.

"This is unreal. This whole week is like a dream to me," Fox said.

Both players earned spots in the U.S. Open next year, and will likely receive invitations to the Masters — both if still amateurs.

Weaver, a 21-year-old redshirt junior at the University of California, had stayed in front most of the day and when he rattled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 34th hole, he went 2-up, forcing Fox to win each of the remaining holes to stay alive.

A senior at Tennessee-Chattanooga, Fox made an 11-foot birdie putt to win the 35th hole.

Still with a 1-up advantage, Weaver needed only to make a 5-foot par putt on the 36th hole at the 18th green to secure the win, but it lipped out, extending the championship round to a 37th hole.

The miss on the short putt stunned Fox as well.

"It was like dead center from my angle, and when I saw it bounce out, I kind of gasped a little bit," Fox said. "I think I put my hand over my mouth. I was shocked. And quickly I had to gather myself and go to the playoff."

A shaken Weaver landed his tee shot in the rough, putting himself in a tough spot and needing two more shots to put the ball on the green. Fox then stroked a slow roller on his third shot, with the putt breaking at the end from left to right, before dropping in and setting off a celebration on the green.

PGA TOUR: At Greensboro, N.C., Sergio Garcia had the lead at 15-under through four holes Sunday when the final round in the Wyndham Championship was suspended for the day because of heavy rain.

Tim Clark, Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley were at 14-under through varying stages of their rounds, and 38 players — half the field — were still on the course when play was stopped.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Endicott, N.Y., Willie Wood won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, beating Michael Allen with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Wood made a long birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to match Allen, a two-time winner this year, at 13-under 203 on the En-Joie Golf Course. Wood closed with a 66, and Allen shot 66.

In the playoff on the par-4 18th hole, Allen's drive that went way left, essentially ending his chances.

WEB.COM TOUR: Overland Park, Kan., Shawn Stefani won the Midwest Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke victory.

The 30-year-old former Lamar player finished at 17-under 267 on the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He earned $99,000 to jump from 54th to 12th on the money list with $166,715. The final top 25 on the money list will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.

LPGA TOUR: Japan's Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.

The 22-year-old Miyazato finished at 13-under 203 in her wire-to-victory on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course. She shared the first-round lead and had a two-shot advantage after the second.

Lincicome shot 67, and Park had a 70.

The 22-year-old Miyazato, in her fourth season on the LPGA Tour, is the sixth first-time winner this year. She broke through after a pair second-place ties in June.

South Korea's Haeji Kang had a 66 — the best round of the day, to tie for fourth at 10 under with Cristie Kerr (70) and So Yeon Ryu (71). Sydnee Michaels, the first-round co-leader, was four strokes back after a 70.

Michelle Wie had her first top-10 finish of the season, shooting a 69 to finish eighth at 8 under.

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