Cole Hammer wins 2018 Western Amateur

Northfield, Ill. (Aug. 4, 2018) ... Cole Hammer, of Houston, Texas, never doubted Saturday he would win the 116th Western Amateur at Sunset Ridge Country Club. 

Neither did Davis Riley, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The difference was Hammer, the tournament co-medalist, was the frontrunner nearly the entire championship match and was able to hold off Riley’s late charge to hoist the George R. Thorne Trophy. He’s the sixth 18-year-old champion, joining a group that includes 14-time major champion Tiger Woods and last year’s winner Norman Xiong.

“Surreal,” said Hammer, whose mother, Allison, served as his caddie all week. “Biggest day in my golf career, no question.”


Video Recap



  • Cole Hammer wins 2018 Western Amateur
  • Defeats Davis Riley in thrilling final

    Becomes sixth 18-year-old to claim title

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  • Hammer, Riley, Strafaci, Wu advance
  • Semifinals to begin at 8 a.m. 

    Champion crowned tomorrow 

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  • Hammer, Stevens share medalist honors
  • Morikawa, Lee advance to match play

    First round begins at 8 a.m. 

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  • Ralston leads 2018 Western Amateur
  • Leads Morikawa, Stevens

    Forty-four players players advance to Thursday

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  • Go, Ralston, Walker share early lead at Sunset Ridge
  • Trio finish one shot off Sunset Ridge course record

    Eighteen players within three shots or fewer of leaders

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