Sean Knapp reaches playoff, advances to match play at U.S. Senior Amateur

September 18, 2018

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.

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