Oregon: Indian-American golfer Aman Gupta continued his journey in the 120th US Amateur Championship with a win in the Round of 64 as the match play segment got underway.
The 21-year-old, who got into the field following a last-minute pullout of World No. 2 Ricky Castillo, continued his ride by beating Van Holmgren. Gupta had the services of his Oklahoma State University coach, Alan Bratton, a 1995 US Walker Cup player. Bratton was on the bag for another OSU player, Austin Eckroat, who failed to make the match play.
Bratton is also a lucky caddie for OSU players as he was on the bag for Peter Uihlein (2010) and Viktor Hovland (2018) when they won the Havemeyer Trophy for the US Amateur.
It was Holmgren who took the lead first by winning the Pae-3 second hole but Aman soon hit back strongly. He won the Par-5s on third, ninth and 13th with birdies and also took the Par-3 sixth and Par-4 seventh with pars. When they walked off the 13th green, Gupta was 4-up with five holes to play. Holmgren won the 14th but needed to win at least three of the remaining four to tie the match. When the 15th and 16th were halved, Aman ran out a 3&2 winner.
Oklahoma State University golfer will now meet Jonathan Yaun in the Round of 32. Two rounds of match play are scheduled for Thursday.