ATLANTA (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) - Behind four birdies over his final five holes, Arkansas men's golf junior Taylor Moore was able to back up his first round six-under 66 on Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club's Riverside Course with a two-under 69 on Tuesday at the Highlands Course to earn a share of medalist honors at the 114th U.S. Amateur.
Moore's two-round score of eight-under 135 was equaled by Lee McCoy, who was one of the last players to finish the second round. With the co-medalist honors, Moore advances through the 312-player field into the 64-player match play tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Moore will open match play around 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday and will learn who his opponent is in the morning after a seven-man playoff for four spots. Every round of match play will take place on the Riverside Course where Moore shot a six-under 66 on Monday.
A three-time participant at the U.S. Amateur, Moore entered the day in a three-way tie for first place after his first round six-under 66 that featured just one bogey, but slipped out of first when he was two-over through his first 12 holes on Tuesday. Following a par on the par-3 fourth hole, Moore put together three consecutive birdies and capped his round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole to shoot a 69, which was the second-lowest round on the Highlands Course on Tuesday.
Moore, one of three players to break 70 on both courses in stroke play, and McCoy defeated the rest of the field by three strokes. Over the two stroke play rounds, Moore had 12 birdies and was even-par or lower on all four sides.
“I just tried to treat stroke play as a tournament within a tournament and still compete and stay aggressive today, which I did, but I wasn't as sharp (as Monday),” said Moore to Pete Kowalski on www.USGA.org. “I just kind of used it as a practice round for match play, in a way, getting another look at the course, but still hitting shots and trying to make putts and figuring out the greens. I think I did a good job of that.”
Unfortunately, Moore was the only one of six current and former Razorbacks in the field to advance to match play. Recent graduatesBlake Biddle (75-72) and Josh Eure (73-74) tied for 99th overall. Junior Nicolas Echavarria was inside the cut entering the day after a one-under 71, but slipped out after shooting 80 on the Highlands Course.