Kyle Stanley (L) and Craig Ronne
For longtime members of venerable Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., this week's U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills might be a bit of deja vu. After all, they've seen PGA Tour notables including Dustin Johnson, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Chappell, Michael Putnam, Xander Schauffele and Adam Hadwin all tee it up at Sahalee, in one of amateur golf's toughest tests.
Cameron Davis (photo courtesy Australian Open Golf)
Sahalee's Cameron Davis comes out of nowhere to win Australian Open
Look at the names engraved on the Australian Open trophy - Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth. The impressive list goes on.
Now, if you would, please add the name of one Cameron Davis, a 22-year-old wet-behind-the-ears rookie who came from behind in the final round to overtake Jason Day and defending champion Spieth to win the 2017 Australian Open last November.
Sahith Theegala during the final round
Sahith Theegala of Chino Hills, Calif. birdied the first playoff hole to win the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), outlasting Min Woo Lee of Australia.
The elite amateur championship was held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
After 72 holes, the two players were tied at 3-under par, and went back to play the par-5 18th hole again. Theegala hit his second shot to the back edge of the green, hole high. Lee flared his second shot into the trees on the right, and after a free drop from an embedded lie punched a remarkable 150-yard shot through the trees to 45 feet from the hole. Lee then two-putted for par, and Theegala dropped a 5-footer for birdie and the win.