Gordon Sargent wins low am in Los Angeles despite mistake on 18th hole

LOS ANGELES — Gordon Sargent officially earned low amateur honors at the US Open after spending 1 under Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Country Club, ending an impressive week for incoming junior Vanderbilt.S

“That’s kind of your goal as an amateur, just to be the lowest, especially with so many amateurs here this week,” Sargent said. “It means a lot and gives me a lot of confidence, especially for amateur golf.”

Sargent had six birdies, seven pars and five bogeys in his final round. Sargent’s performance is very impressive, given that his nearly perfect putt on the 18th hole went in and out.

“I haven’t seen this happen in a while, but sometimes it is,” he said of the incident.

According to ESPN Paulo Uggetti, the cup was slightly damaged because the group before that of Sargent got the flag wrong. The cut was mended after Sargent’s bounced putt.

Gordon Sargent at the US Open

A damaged cut on the 18th hole at the Los Angeles Country Club cost Gordon Sargent a stroke on Sunday. (AP/David J. Phillip)

Despite the last-hole problem, Sargent’s standings were unaffected. He completed his first-ever US Open appearance with a solid performance. He managed to regain some momentum after going over 5 on lap three, his worst of the weekend.

Sargent finished week T39 at 4-over. While that was well behind winner Wyndham Clark, who beat Rory McIlroy to claim his first major championship victory by less than 10 this week, Sargent still beat his fellow amateurs who made the Ben Carr cut (+ 13), Aldrich Potgieter (+15) and Maxwell Moldovan (+17), respectively.

Sargent adds his US Open low am honors to an already impressive resume for the 20-year-old student. He was named the 2023 SEC Player of the Year and was one of seven amateurs to compete in that year’s Masters. As the current No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Sargent will also have the chance to represent the United States at the Walker Cup later this year.

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