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Rose, Moore Advance at Publinks

July 16, 2004

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) _ Dayton Rose advanced to the championship match of the U.S. Amateur Public Links for a second straight year Friday, and he will meet 2002 champion Ryan Moore for the title.

The two will play a 36-hole final Saturday at Rush Creek Golf Club.

Rose, a senior at Oklahoma State, needed 19 holes to beat William Moore in Friday’s quarterfinals, then eliminated Evan Frederick 3 and 1 in the semifinals.

``I kind of have the game for this type of golf course,″ Rose said. ``I’m hitting it longer than usual. I don’t know about this tournament, but something feels good.″

Moore had an easier time Friday, beating Clay Ogen 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals, then rolling past Sunghoo Kang 7 and 6.

``I was just trying to go out there and make some birdies early,″ Moore said. ``I’m making all my putts, but I’m also getting in position to make the putts, too.″

Rose thinks he’ll fare much better than he did in last year’s finals, where he lost 10 and 9 to Brandt Snedecker.

``I didn’t play bad, I just got whacked,″ Rose said. ``I’m not quite as intimidated now as I was last year. I’ll just go out, play some solid golf, and hope that’s good enough.″

Moore, the 2004 NCAA champion from UNLV, beat Lee Williamson 10 and 9 to win the 2002 Public Links title.

By making the final, Rose and Moore qualified for next month’s U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot in New York. The U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, if he remains an amateur generally gains an invitation to the Masters.

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