Sean Knapp reaches playoff, advances to match play at U.S. Senior Amateur
Sean Knapp is known for his ability to stay patient on the golf course. He has a reputation for routinely grinding it out in some of the top amateur events in the country and seemingly always being in a position to contend.
He did it again Sunday in Oregon as he continued his pursuit of back-to-back U.S. Senior Amateur titles.
Knapp, 56, of Oakmont, found himself in a 14-man playoff for 13 spots at Eugene Country Club at the conclusion of stroke play.
He had posted rounds of 75 and 77 (8-over-par) and finished his second round early so he was forced to wait several hours for play to finish. His standing on the leaderboard fluctuated but he rose from a tie for 78th to a tie for 58th before heading to the par-4 10th hole for the playoff.
Knapp advanced in style: He was the only player in the extra session to birdie the hole.
“As much as you want to go out and shoot two good scores, I think it’s more important to know if you are trending in the right direction,” Knapp said. “Are you playing well? I really feel like I am.”
Still, he wasn’t altogether pleased with the 36 holes he played over the weekend.
“I don’t know what happened out there, but it was kind of a continuation of what happened at Spyglass [Hill during the recent U.S. Amateur],” he said. “I’m just kind of in a rut, scoring-wise. That’s golf. You can’t get too frustrated with it. Everybody has a story about how bad things went for them. And I am not going to jump on that bandwagon.”
His title defense in match play will begin at 12:50 a.m. (EST) Monday against Tom Brandes, 62, of Portland, Ore.
Knapp must win six matches to defend his title.