Gary Nicklaus Out Of Contention At U.S. Amateur
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Gary Nicklaus, the 43-year-old son of Jack Nicklaus, has fallen out of match play midway through the final round of qualifying at the U.S. Amateur championship at Cherry Hills.
One of the oldest competitors in the amateur, Nicklaus shot a 74 at Cherry Hills for a two-day score of 4-over 145, leaving him in a tie for 117th place.
Nicklaus, a former PGA tour pro who was reinstated as an amateur in 2007, had qualified for the Cherry Hills event after missing the 1990 event at the same course because of a heart ailment. He was an up-and-coming 20-year-old when he came down with pericarditis on the eve of the 1990 amateur, forcing him to undergo a week of treatment in the hospital instead of competing on the golf course.
Cheng-Tsung Pan of Taiwan shot a 5-under 65 Tuesday to put himself in position for a top seed in match play.
Pan, who plays at the University of Washington, finished two days of stroke play qualifying over the CommonGround and Cherry Hill courses at 7 under. That tied him with first-round leader Bobby Wyatt, who teed off later Tuesday to begin his second and final qualifying round.