LAKE FOREST, Ill. (Aug. 6, 2016) ... Not until Dylan Meyer, of Evansville, Indiana, stood on the 17th tee box did he let himself think about winning the 114th Western Amateur at Knollwood Club.
Meyer secured the 3-and-1 win Saturday by hitting a 4-iron onto the par-3 green, while Sam Horsfield, of Manchester, England, missed his tee shot to the right. After Horsfield’s third shot — a chip from the left side of the green — sailed past the hole, he conceded Meyer’s par putt.
“There was no point I felt like I had total control, because anything can happen in the championship match,” said Meyer, a junior at Illinois. “Going to 17 tee box, I felt like I had a pretty good chance.”
Meyer’s first lead of the final came with his birdie at the par-5 10th. He stayed in front with a 20-foot par save from the fringe on No. 11. It was one of many lengthy par putts Meyer made during the final match.
“I’m going to short-game-to-death the golf course,” he said. “I was rolling the rock this week, and the putts were falling. It was my week this week with the short game.”