Texas freshman Cole Hammer continued his run at the U.S. Amateur Championship, winning Friday to advance to the semifinals in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Hammer defeated Alex Fitzpatrick 3 and 2 and will face Viktor Hovland of Norway at 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Coverage of the competition will begin at 11 a.m. on Fox.
Hammer led 2 up through seven holes before Fitzpatrick cut the lead. The incoming freshman answered with a birdie on the ninth hole to get back to 2 up.
Fitzpatrick made a bogey on No. 12, which allowed Hammer to take another hole as he made par.
After Fitzpatrick won the 15th hole, a birdie on the 16th by Hammer sealed the win. Hammer was in a tough spot off the tee, but recovered with a great second shot to eventually birdie the hole.
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The highlight of Hammer’s round came on No. 9 when he chipped in to make birdie and go 2 up.
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Hammer took two wins Thursday to qualify for the quarterfinals. Now he has a shot to make the final with a win Saturday.
Doug Ghim made the final in 2017 to represent the Longhorns but fell in 37 holes to eventual champion Doc Redman of Raleigh, N.C.