Cherry Hills Village, CO (Sports Network) - Steven Fox birdied the first extra hole Sunday to defeat Michael Weaver and complete an amazing comeback victory at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Fox was 2-down to Weaver with two holes to play at Cherry Hills Country Club. Both players had decent looks at birdie on the 17th hole, but Weaver missed his putt from about 10 feet. Fox drained his 8-footer to win the hole and continue the match.
Neither had good looks at birdie on the 18th. Weaver lagged his 50-footer for birdie to five feet and Fox rolled his 40-foot try to concession range. Weaver had five feet for the title, but the ball did a full horseshoe around the cup and stayed out.
The missed putt sent them back to No. 1 and Fox split the fairway with an iron. Weaver hit driver and pulled it left by a cart path. Weaver's pitch didn't reach the green and his third came up 15 feet short.
Fox knocked his approach to 18 feet and putted first. He poured in the birdie putt to win the biggest title in amateur golf.
"I fought all day," Fox said in a televised interview. "I had to keep pushing and try and make birdie.
"This is amazing. This is a dream come true. This is unreal."
The very fact these two played in the final was somewhat surprising. Both survived a 17-for-14 playoff Wednesday morning and were ranked in the 60s for the match-play portion of the event.
Weaver was 2-up after the first 18 holes of the match. Weaver's lead was never bigger than 3-up, but Fox was able to catch up in the end.
08/19 19:11:10 ET