U.S. Amateur Reaches Match Play After Epic 23-Man Playoff

August 17, 2016

One of the best (and certainly largest) playoffs the golf world has seen in recent history occurred Wednesday morning at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

The 312-man field is trimmed to 64 after two rounds of stroke play, but 23 players tied for 57th at two over, calling for a 23-man playoff for eight spots before match play kicked off later Wednesday morning. One more thing: the playoff was sudden-death.

The madness began on the par-3 10th hole, where three players made birdie to get through, while the six players who made bogey or worse were sent packing. That reduced the herd to a 14-man playoff for five spots.

On the next hole, the par-4 11th, four players made birdie and two made bogey, leaving eight players vying for the final spot. Five holes later Scott Harvey, the 2014 USGA Mid-Am champion, secured that last spot when he made par as his two remaining challengers made bogey.

The match-play portion of the event already is underway, culminating with the 36-hole final on Sunday.