Gordon Sargent Wins Low Amateur Medal Despite Bizarre Bounce-Out At US Open

The 20-year-old won the race to be crowned the low amateur at the 2023 US Open after a closing 69

Amateur Gordn Sargent of the United States during the second round of the 123rd U.S. Open Championship at The Los Angeles Country Club
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Gordon Sargent prevailed in the hotly contested battle for the low amateur medal at this year's US Open at Los Angeles Country Club.

The 20-year-old was one of four amateurs to make the two-over cut at the third men's Major of the year, joining Aldrich Potgieter, Maxwell Moldovan and Ben Carr. 

He led the race by two at the halfway mark after rounds of 69 and 71, but a 75 on Saturday reduced his advantage to one, before an impressive one-under 69 on Sunday saw him finish nine clear of Carr. And his four-over 284 total would have been one better if not for a bizarre incident on the final hole that cost him a closing bogey.

To that point, Sargent had mixed six birdies with two bogeys and appeared to tap-in confidently for a par on the 18th, only for his ball to inexplicably bounce out the hole and back towards him

The shock was written all over his face and the USGA will hope something similar doesn't happen at the business end of the tournament. For Sargent, however, it will be of little concern. In finishing as the highest-placed amateur, he adds his name to an impressive roll of honour and will be part of the closing ceremony late on Sunday evening in LA.

"It's cool," he said. "It's kind of what your goal as an amateur is, just to be the low am, especially with so many amateurs here this week. It means a lot and gives me a lot of confidence, especially going into amateur golf."

As for his thoughts on the 18th hole incident, he added: "I had like a two and a half footer straight up the hill that hit the back of the hole and just bounced right back to me. Haven't seen that happen in a while, but that's how it goes sometimes."

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Past winners of the low amateur medal at the US Open include Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick, Jon Rahm and current World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.

Sargent's only other Major appearance came at the 2023 Masters, where he missed the cut after rounds of 77 and 76 on his first appearance at Augusta National.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x