Flanagan Outlasts Wittenberg In 37 Holes

He Becomes First Australian To Win In 100 Years

 

Nick Flanagan saw it was no cakewalk in winning the U.S. Amateur. (John Mummert/USGA)

Interview with Nick Flanagan

Oakmont , Pa. -- Nick Flanagan, 19, became the first Australian in 100 years and first foreign-born player in 32 years to win the 2003 U.S. Amateur Championship at historic Oakmont Country Club Sunday. The compact Aussie defeated USA Walker Cup team member Casey Wittenberg, 18, of Memphis, Tenn., in 37 holes, to match Walter Travis as an Australian winner.   Flanagan, from Eleebana in New South Wales, won the Havemeyer Trophy 100 years after Travis claimed the last of his three championships in 1903.  

To be here this quickly and doing it in such a great tournament is unbelievable,” said Flanagan, who is the second-youngest champion to Tiger Woods, who was 18 when he won in 1994. “I was lucky I had my short game this week because my long game was struggling.

 

Flanagan Punctuates Cinderella Story

 

Oakmont, Pa. – Nick Flanagan stepped onto the practice putting range about 7:15 a.m. Sunday when suddenly an unrecognizable figure emerged from the shadows of the Oakmont clubhouse.

He had a telegram in his hand. Flanagan flinched in shock, opening it. It was a card from fellow Australian Greg Norman. It read: “From one ‘Aussie’ to another. I wish you well tomorrow. Be the first Australian to win the title in 100 years. Play loose and play smart. Sincerely, Greg Norman.”

 

Final 2 Members Of 2003 USA Walker Cup Match Team Named   

Far Hills, N.J. – Lee Williams, 21, of Alexander City, Ala., and George Zahringer, 50, of New York, N.Y., have been named as the final two members of the 10-man United States of America team for the Walker Cup Match that will be played at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England, from Sept. 6-7, against a team representing Great Britain and Ireland.

Final Round Photo Gallery

Player Interviews

Finalists Come From Different Worlds, Share Same Goal

Oakmont, Pa. – Most of the talk this week centered on all the old geezers to make it deep into match play. That focus did a 180-degree swivel Friday when the 35-and-over club took a bow and exited gracefully, setting up a semifinal where David Oh suddenly became the senior of the group at 22.

Now, as the field of four dwindled to two, the championship just got younger. Australia’s Nick Flanagan, 19, and 18-year-old Casey Wittenberg scraped and scrambled for Sunday’s opportunity. It’s the youngest final, and first teenage duel, since the format went solely back to match play in 1973.

Semifinal Photo Gallery

Notebook: Williams Bolsters Case For Walker Cup Team

Oakmont, Pa. – Of the four semifinalists Saturday, only Casey Wittenberg has been named to this year’s Walker Cup team. Two slots are still available and invitations will be made at the end of the U.S. Amateur.

Little-Known Flanagan Now On The Radar

 Oakmont, Pa. – What do we know of Nicholas Flanagan? Well, for starters, he’s one of the semifinalists in this year’s U.S. Amateur. We also know he prefers to wear sunglasses on overcast, hazy days when playing.

Fourth Round Match Play Photo Gallery 

U.S. Amateur TV Schedule

Preview – Wed. (Aug. 20), 12:30-1 p.m. (EDT)

First Round – Wed. (Aug. 20), 1-4 p.m. (EDT)

Second Round – Thur. (Aug. 21), 2-5 p.m. (EDT)

Quarterfinals – Fri. (Aug. 22), 12-3 p.m. (EDT)

Semifinals – Sat. (Aug. 23), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)

Championship – Sun. (Aug. 24), 4-6 p.m. (EDT)


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