McKnight Bests Garcia to Reach Amateur Final
Tom McKnight, who gave up his professional golf ambitions about when Sergio Garcia was born, beat the 18-year-old British Amateur champion Saturday to reach the final of the U.S. Amateur championship at Rochester, N.Y.
McKnight, 44, who operates a family-owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores in Virginia, had four birdies to oust the Spaniard, 3 and 1, in match play at Oak Hill.
“What a day. Unbelievable,” McKnight said quietly. “It’s hard to describe the emotions that I felt out there.
“This is what you dream about from day one.”
In today’s 36-hole final, he will meet Hank Kuehne, 22, a recovering alcoholic who routed Bill Lunde of Henderson, Nev., 6 and 5. Kuehne’s brother and caddie, Trip, lost to Tiger Woods in the 1994 U.S. Amateur final.
John Cook looked at home on the golf course where he learned the game, shooting an eight-under-par 62. But David Duval maintained the lead by a shot over Cook through three rounds of the NEC World Series of Golf at Akron, Ohio.
Duval chipped in from 30 feet for a birdie on the 17th on his way to a second consecutive 66 that put him at nine-under 201.
Cook started the day five strokes behind co-leaders Duval, Woods and Craig Parry.
A three-putt bogey on the 17th green held him to 62, which matched the lowest round in a PGA event this year.
Payne Stewart shot a six-under 65 and took a one-stroke lead over Brandel Chamblee after three rounds of the Greater Vancouver Open at Surrey, Canada.
Stewart, who opened the tournament with a 64, has a 15-under 198 total.
Chamblee, who began the third round tied for the lead with Chris DiMarco, had a 68 on the 6,893-yard Northview Golf and Country Club course.
DiMarco shot a 72 and was tied with Brent Geiberger, Tom Pernice Jr., Harrison Frazar and Larry Rinker at 203.
Defending champion Hale Irwin tied the course record with an eight-under 64 and moved into a tie for the 36-hole lead of the BankBoston Classic with Joe Inman at Concord, Mass.
Irwin and Inman, who shot a 66, were at 11-under 133, one shot ahead of 60-year-old Al Geiberger, who shot a second successive 67.
Tammie Green, six months pregnant, holed out from 126 yards on her final hole and Michelle Redman shot a career-low 63 to create a five-way logjam for the lead in $700,000 State Farm Rail Classic at Springfield, Ill.
Also tied at 11-under 133 were Martha Nause (66), Vickie Odegard (68) and Cindy McCurdy, 66.