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US Amateur Championship: Jimmy Mullen wins dramatic play-off

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

Jimmy Mullen beat Justin Tereshko to reach the last 16 of the US Amateur Championship

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JIMMY Mullen is through to the last 16 at the US Amateur Championship after a dramatic match against America’s Justin Tereshko.The 20-year-old Royal North Devon golfer birdied the 18th to take the round-of-32 contest to a play-off at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia this afternoon.The pair could not be separated over four extra holes before a birdie at the fifth gave Mullen, from East-the-Water, an outstanding victory.He will play Frederick Wedel after the Texan beat New York’s Derek Bard 2 and 1 today.Tereshko, from Indiana, was on the brink of reaching the last 16 when he birdied the 17th in two shots to take a 1-up lead.But Mullen refused to back down and birdied the last, while his opponent could only make par, to take the contest to a play-off.Mullen was 1 up with par on the first hole, which Tereshko bogeyed, and held the lead until the 8th.A double bogey there – his first dropped shots of the round – and a bogey on the 9th let the American in and the lead swung back and forth over the back nine.Mullen was ahead again when he birdied the 12th, only for Tereshko to hit back by winning the 14th and 15th holes.A birdie by Mullen on the 16th levelled it up but he needed to dig deep and find a third birdie of the round to deny Tereshko victory.In the pressure of the play-off, both men made par in the first four extra holes.It all changed at the 23rd hole of the round, however, when Tereshko dropped a shot and Mullen conjured up a final birdie.

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