Nick Carlson falls to Australian Curtis Luck (the #7 amateur in the world) on the 21st hole of match play today at Oakland Hills. The match was for a berth in tomorrow's finals. Nick had a chance to close out the match on 17 but his 6-foot par putt lipped out. He drove into a tree on 18 and Luck was able to win the hole and draw all-square. They drew on the 10th (the first extra hole). Nick's approach on 11 trickled down to about 12 inches from the cup and drew a huge roar from the crowd, but Luck answered with a spectacular shot from the fairway bunker to within four feet. Both made their putts and Luck won the 12th (the third extra hole) to win the match. Nick was a great sport all day, congratulating his opponent after great shots and thanking the crowd after the match was over. He represented Michigan well. The gallery following the match was probably close to 1,500 people.
Is Hull City this year's cinderella? Definitely WAY too early to speculate, but 2 wins/0 losses after the first couple games is very impressive for a team that just came up to the big league.
In a pretty stunning upset, UM golf sophomore Nick Carlson advanced to the final 4 of the US Amateur, defeating the #31 amateur in the world in All B1G and Illini golfer Dylan Meyer. Carlson was ranked slightly better than #2000 going into the event, so it was a stunner that Carlson beat Meyer 3 & 1.*
As a huge bonus, if Carlson can advance to the final round, he'll guarantee himself a spot at the Masters in 2017.
For the board golf fans, tickets are probably still available for tomorrow's semifinals rounds at Oakland Hills.
*How do you even go about ranking the world's amateur golfers?
Michigan golf sophomore Nick Carlson advanced to the final 8 of the US Amateur today after sticking his approach shot to 4 feet on the par 4 18th and sinking the birdie putt for the win over Thailand's KK Limbhasut. Carlson is from Hamilton, Michigan, so it's pretty cool to see him representing Michigan so well on the local track.
For those unfamiliar with golf, this is the most prestigious and diffifult amateur-only golf tournament in the US (and possibly the world). The likes of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are past champs.
Tonight Usain Bolt, already the greatest sprinter in history, attempts to win his third gold medal in the 200 meter dash. It is the race he was born to run. No other man has repeated as a 200 champion, and he is attempting to win it for a third time. As in the 100 meter dash, he smashed and gutted the world record for the event, producing times that have not been approached by anyone else.
As a visual spectacle I actually have a bias toward the 200 when it features compelling athletes. The image of the runners sprinting full-out around the bend and catapulting down the straight is spectacular. I'm looking forward to this.
This has been something of a golden age for the Olympic games, with both Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt emerging as superstars and all-time greats in two of the crucial disciplines of the Games at the same time. Both merit and have received worldwide attention, athletes that transcend their sports and the Games themselves. In four years the Tokyo games will be notable for their absence, and it is likely that fan interest will be reduced as a result.
Should be a fun night. The team competitions are moving into the late stages of competition as well, medals are coming soon. Open thread time. About the games, not... legal issues.