Tyler Strafaci is continuing to play at the US Amateur, and he has a caddy for his opponent to thank.
Strafaci, a Georgia Tech star, was eliminated against Argentina’s Segundo Oliva Pinto entering the 18th hole of their 16th round match on Thursday at the Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon.
Pinto hit his approach at the last hole into a bunker on the side of the pitch, he came in to check the ball’s position before exiting to get a better look at the green. While he did, his caddy walked into the bunker, bent over, and brushed the sand with his hands several times.
Doing so is in violation of USGA Rule 12.2b, which outlines bunker restrictions on the sand in the bunker and cautions a player must not “intentionally touch the bunker sand with his hands or sticks. or scratch or any other object in an attempt to check the condition of the surface for information for the next hit. “
Rule 10.3c states that the player is responsible for the batter’s actions.
The caddy, believed to be a local runner named Brant Brewer, denied that he touched the sand afterwards, but the video clearly shows otherwise.
All fell to the 18th hole.
And then this happened.
Result? A 1 reverse win for Tyler Strafaci. #USAmateur pic.twitter.com/JFJcoSKfFQ
– Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) August 14, 2020
Violation of the rules cost Pinto at a loss, and thus the game unfolds.
Later, Pinto said he was shocked when the manager called him and informed him of what happened. When asked if his caddy would explain to him what happened, Pinto told Golf Channel: “He didn’t say anything. But at this point, it doesn’t really matter. What happened. He can say anything, but it won’t change. What happened. “
Strafaci’s 1-up win put him in the quarterfinals where he will face up against Stewart Hagestad, the 2016 American amateur mid-range champion from Newport Beach, California, who has beaten Harrison Ott 4 and 3 at age 16. 29 years old. -old Hagestad is trying to move from 15th to seventh in the World Amateur Golf Ranking to get a US Open exemption. He is also pushing to become the third consecutive US Walker Cup team.
In the other upper-door quarterfinals, Aman Gupta will face Michael Thorbjornsen. In round 16, Gupta beat Sam Bennett 5 and 3, and Thorbjornsen beat Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira 3 and 2. In the lower bracket, Philip Barbaree will play against Matthew Sharpstene, and Cameron Sisk will meet Charles Osborne.
In Round 16, Barbaree beat William Mouw 3 and 1, Sharpstene topped Davis Chatfield 4 and 3, Sisk beat Davis Lamb 5 and 3, and Osborne beat Carson Lundell 7 and 5.
Information from the Associated Press has been used in this report.