World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One Peter Uihlein captured the 17th Sahalee Players Championship after closing with a final four-under-par round of 68. Uihlein, who took four out of four points for the USA at last September’s Walker Cup Match, shot a tournament record 17-under par 271 to beat Andrew Putnam by seven shots.

 

Having begun the day with a two-stroke cushion, Uihlein’s advantage was cut in half after Putnam made a birdie on the third. But that was as close as it would get, as the Floridian continued the solid play he displayed all week. Throughout the four rounds he made only four bogeys and one double bogey. And his 17-under-par total of 271 broke Ryan Moore’s tournament record of 16 under par set in 2004.

 

Uihlein’s Walker Cup team-mate Nathan Smith, meanwhile, took the West Penn Amateur at Sewickley Heights, his fourth consecutive title. Nathan Smith and seven-time champion Sean Knapp started the back nine tied in the final round, before Smith duplicated his front nine 34 with two birdies and no bogeys en route to a 4-under-par score and a three-stroke victory.

 

Smith joins Arnold Palmer and Bob Reilly with four straight West Penn Amateur victories. All, however, trail Knapp's six consecutive victories from 1998-2003.

 

Kevin Tway, a classmate of the WAGR Number One at Oklahoma State, won The Players Amateur at Belfair Golf Club on Sunday. Tway fired a final-round 65 to enjoy  a seven-shot victory of his own.

 

Tway began his final round one shot off the pace of Georgia Tech's James White, before matching the low round of the tournament to pull away from the field. Tway finished at 14-under 274, while White finished in a second-place tie with Ethan Tracy at 281.

 

The USA's Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.

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