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Aussies hang in the balance at US Amateur

Australians Karl Vilips, Jack Buchanan, Hayden Hopewell and Connor McKinney are in contention to advance to the match play rounds after the first stroke play round of the US Amateur at The Ridgewood Country Club and Arcola Country Club in New Jersey.

Vilips, Buchanan and Hopewell shot two-over on Monday to be tied for 52nd, while Australian Amateur champion McKinney sits a further shot back tied for 78th.

The Round of 64 is set after Tuesday’s second stroke play round and the Australian quartet are well-placed to progress to the next stage.

Scoring has proven to be difficult at both venues – the five leaders sit at three-under and only 18 players broke par – with the USGA producing a course setup typical of US Opens with lighting fast greens and very thick rough.

Birdie opportunities are limited as a result, with par more often than not the desirable outcome, but the players’ mantra has…


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