Golf: Windred confident of sneaking up the leaderboard at US Amateur

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FOCUSED: Blake Windred paid the price for two poor decisions but remains confident of shooting up the leaderboard at the US Amateur. Picture: Jonathan CarrollCHARLESTOWN gun Blake Windred faces a tough task to progress to the matchplay section at the US Amateur Championships after a horror finish to his first round at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.
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Playing in the prestigious tournament for the first time, Windred was well placed at one under through 16 holes but dropped four shots in the final two to post a three-over 74 and be tied for 104th.

Aberdeen’s Gold Coast-based Dylan Perry is tied for 74that two over.

The top 64 progress after the second round on Wednesday.

“I playedso well, it wasjust a shame I made triple on the last,” Windred said. “I played a very soft last two holes. Ididn’t hit any bad shots, just two wrong decisions.I tried to play it out of the hazard on the hardest hole on the course.I got too greedy, but life goes on.”

Had Windred gone even for the final two holes, he would be at one-under and a tie for 12th. He switches course to the neighbouring Spyglass Hill for the second round.

“I need to play really good golf tomorrow at Spyglass,” Windred said.“Itactually played toughertoday than Pebble Beach. I’m hitting it well enoughand, with a little bit of luck tomorrow, I cansneak up the leaderboard.”

Pebble Beachis set up with the same tees that will be in operation for the2019 US Open, and after playing a practice round on Sunday, Windred described the stretch from the 8th to 11th as the toughest he has ever played.

Starting on the 10th hole, Windred opened with a bogey but recovered with a birdie at the 11th. He picked up another shot at the par-5 18th to turn one-under.

Bogeys at the holes two and three were cancelled out by birdies at four and seven. However, things turned south at the eighth. He dropped a shot on the 394-metres par four and then found the hazard at the ninth for a triple bogey.

“I plugged in the dirt just right of the fairway and then just missed it in a grass hazard,” Windred said. “I tried to hit it and left it in the hazard, so I just took a drop and didn’t get up and down. I played so much good golf today and didn’t deserve three over.”

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