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Former SMU player Kelly Kraft beats UCLA star Patrick Cantlay in US Amateur
ERIN, Wis. (AP) ' Kelly Kraft took the lead when Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the 16th hole, then hung on to win the U.S. Amateur championship at Erin Hills on Sunday.
Kraft is an accomplished college golfer who just finished his senior season at SMU, but he definitely was the lesser-known player in the final. Cantlay, a star at UCLA, is the world's No. 1-ranked amateur and is considered a rising star with a promising future in the professional ranks.
That didn't matter Sunday, as Kraft took home the trophy.
Both U.S. finalists receive a spot next year's U.S. Open, and both traditionally are invited to The Masters. As the winner, Kraft also gets a spot in the British Open.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
ERIN, Wis. (AP) ' Kelly Kraft is 2-up on UCLA star Patrick Cantlay midway through the final day of the U.S. Amateur championship at Erin Hills.
The tournament's format includes two 18-hole rounds of match play between the two finalists on Sunday. The second round will be played later this afternoon.
Cantlay, going into his sophomore season, is No. 1 in the world amateur rankings. At 19, he's considered a rising star with a bright future in the professional ranks.
Kraft is a lesser-known player coming off his senior season at SMU. But Kraft was confident going into Sunday's final, saying he liked his chances against Cantlay.