Austin Squires becomes the talk of the US Amateur with his playoff heroics, 'upset' of No. 1 seed Brandon Wu

PINEHURST, N.C. — Austin Squires woke up at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning uncertain if his amateur golf career was already over.

The in-between was a crazy odyssey that began by finding out the cutline for match play at Pinehurst Resort had moved from four over to five over when stroke-play resumed at 7:20 a.m. A few dozen players had to wrap up their 36 holes after a weather delay on Tuesday prevented everyone from finishing.

The 22-year-old, who finished up school at the University of Cincinnati in the spring, then survived a four-hole, 3-hour, 46-minute playoff to get the 64th seed, an ordeal that included waiting for roughly an hour between holes as the huge group whittled its way down.

Facing medalist Brandon Wu, fresh off arguably the best summer of any amateur golfer in the world.

Copyright USGA/Michael Reaves Had the cutline not moved, and Squires not found his way into the playoff, he said that this would have been the end of his amateur career.

“I knew I wanted to give this tournament another shot,” said Squires, who faces Stefano Mazzoli of Italy in the Round of 32 on Thursday morning.

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