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Yip, Horschel advance to third round at U.S. Amateur

8/25/2006 - Golf

CHASKA, Minn. -- Canadian Ryan Yip shot 3 under par over 13 holes Thursday and beat Kevin Tway 6 and 5 and advance to the third round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at a wet, windy Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Play was suspended for nearly 4½ hours because of rain in the morning, and sprinkles were present throughout the afternoon -- delaying third-round matches until Friday morning with quarterfinals to follow. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, with a 36-hole championship match set for Sunday.

On a day tournament officials spent much of the day looking at radar, a player seemingly under the radar posted the largest margin of victory in the second round. Yip, from Calgary, Alberta, needs two classes to get his degree from Kent State University in Ohio.

"I just played really solid today and didn't make any bogeys. If you don't make any bogeys on this golf course you're playing really well," said Yip, who lost in the quarterfinals last year to Dillon Dougherty.

Birdies on the eighth and ninth holes moved Yip to 4-up.

"The biggest turn was on nine," he said. "I made a probably 40-foot birdie putt when he was up there putting for par. I knew if I kind of lagged it down there and got it close it would be tough for him to beat me on the hole, and it just happened to fall in."

Yip is scheduled to face Billy Horschel, the stroke-play medalist who shot 60 on Monday, in the third round. With a birdie on the 17th hole, Horschel defeated David Merkow 3 and 1.

Horschel, a University of Florida sophomore, said the difference Thursday was his drive. "I'm still not confident with the driver, but I worked on it last night with my coach and again this morning," he said.

Yip, who finished five shots behind Horschel in stroke play, said what he learned last year can only help during the remainder of the championship.

"Once you get into match play it doesn't matter who the person is, what he's done in the past, it's just one shot at a time and you've got to feed off the momentum," he said. "There's a lot of people out there and you need to stay focused and not let anything distract you."

Fischer was 4-up after eight holes, before needing a 6-foot putt
on 18 to secure the win.

"I could have been 6-up if I made some putts," he said.

University of Alabama sophomore Matthew Swan defeated Ryan Posey
and Trip Kuehne, the 1994 runner-up, defeated Casey Watabu, both 2
and 1. Swan and Kuehne will meet Friday.

Other second round winners in regulation were: Georgia Tech
senior Roberto Castro, Central Florida sophomore Kyle Davis,
17-year-old Californian Rickie Fowler, University of Missouri
senior John Kelly, Oklahoma State junior Pablo Martin, TCU
sophomore Jon McLean and Scotland's Richie Ramsay.

Alex Prugh, a University of Washington senior, dropped a 2-foot
birdie putt on the 22nd hole to defeat Towson University senior
Jeffrey Castle.

Webb Simpson, a junior at Wake Forest, needed 19 holes to defeat
Luke Bakke, and Mark Strickland, the oldest player remaining at 37,
needed one extra hole to defeat University of Minnesota senior
Bronson La'Cassie.