Texas freshman golfer Cole Hammer took two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Hammer defeated Joshua McCarthy 1 up in the round of 32 before his 2 and 1 victory over Zach Murray.
The wins set up a match between Hammer and Alex Fitzpatrick at 5 p.m. Friday.
“Seeing myself come back and win matches on the 18th and 19th and 20th holes three or four times in the past month or so, that gives me a lot of confidence and lets me realize that I can do really well under pressure,” Hammer told the USGA. “Yeah, it gives me some confidence going forward.”
Hammer held a lead in the round of 32 after the second hole until No. 13. McCarthy won three straight holes to go 1 up after 14 holes.
The incoming freshman bounced back to win the next two holes and eventually hold off McCarthy.
— USGA (@USGA) August 16, 2018
Hammer took another lead in the round of 16 against Murray. He went 2 up after the eighth hole. Murray made it all square after No. 11, however.
Again, Hammer won the next two holes to go 2 up. A par on No. 17 sealed the win for the UT golfer, allowing him to move on to the quarterfinals.
.@cole_hammer6765 nearly drops one from long range on No. 17, but after Zach Murray misses his birdie attempt, par is good enough for a 2-and-1 win. Hammer to the Quarterfinals! #USAmateur pic.twitter.com/HHyduvP5Dm
— USGA (@USGA) August 17, 2018
Hammer defeated Alvaro Ortiz Wednesday in the round of 64 after taking co-medalist honors during stroke play. Co-medalist and No. 1 seed Daniel Hillier went down in the round of 32 Thursday.