Cole Hammer, seen in an earlier tournament, led the Longhorns to a third-place tie in the Big 12 Championship. [Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images]

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Cole Hammer’s run at U.S. Amateur Championship ends in semifinal

Posted August 18th, 2018

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Incoming UT freshman Cole Hammer’s run at the U.S. Amateur Championship ended Saturday in the semifinal as he fell 3 and 2 at Pebble Beach.

Viktor Hovland of Norway topped Hammer with help from three birdies on the final four holes to seal the win at No. 16.

Hammer trailed early but was able to make the match all square by the ninth hole. He never led, however.

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The result caps an impressive run that included taking co-medalist honors during stroke play and four match-play wins.

“The last couple weeks have been great golf,” Hammer said at the press conference. “I played great again today. I mean, there’s a lot of positives from this week. Sure, it’s disappointing right now, but at the end of the day, it was a great run.”

Hammer defeated Alex Fitzpatrick 3 and 2 in the quarterfinal Friday.

The highlight of that round came on No. 9 when Hammer chipped in to make birdie and go 2 up.

The freshman came close to making it two straight years that UT had a representative in the U.S. Amateur Championship final. Doug Ghim fell in 37 holes last year to Doc Redman.

Hammer joins the Texas golf team this fall.

“I was supposed to move in today, so I’m going to push that back a little bit,” he said. “We don’t start school until the 29th, so I’ll figure it out over these next couple days.”

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