U.S. Amateur: Crimson Tide teammates Wyatt, Thomas to face off in Sweet 16
The Crimson Tide continued to roll through Cherry Hills during the Thursday morning matches of the U.S. Amateur outside of Denver.
No. 1 seed Bobby Wyatt, a who will enter his junior year at the University of Alabama this fall, reached the tournament's Sweet Sixteen by beating Matthew Stieger of Australia 2 up.
Wyatt,who tied the Am's scoring record in stroke play qualifying to claim medalist honors, finished birdie-par to win the 17th and 18th holes of an up-and-down match, in which he found himself three-down through five holes.
The Mobile, Ala. native will see a familiar face in his afternoon match: Crimson Tide teammate Justin Thomas, who beat University of California senior Max Homa 3&1 to advance. The rising sophomore won 15, 16 and 17 to close it out, after trailing much of the match.
The Wyatt/Thomas match should get top billing Thursday afternoon. Although Thomas is seeded 16th this week, he actually ranks fifth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. And at sixth, Wyatt isn't far behind.
The Alabama golf team won the SEC Championship last season, and finished second in NCAAs, losing to Texas in the team finals.