BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Alabama rising sophomore Davis Riley carded a course record of 7-under par 63 during Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the 116th U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club’s North course. As a result, Riley vaulted to a fourth-place finish in stroke play with a 36-hole total of 4-under par 136 (73-63) and advances to the round of 64 match play, which begins Wednesday morning.
“I felt really good going into today,” Riley said. “As crazy as it sounds, I felt like I hit it just as good yesterday, just had a couple mental errors on the South Course. I just kept on staying with it. I gave myself chances and had a few fall.
“This definitely ranks in the top couple of rounds I’ve played for sure,” Riley said. “I shot a 58 at my home course that has to be up there, but yeah, definitely in the top two or three rounds I've played.”
Riley shot a bogey-free round on Tuesday that included seven birdies – all of which came over his first 13 holes of the day. As a result, Riley tied the competitive record on the North Course and tied for the third-lowest stroke-play round in U.S. Amateur history. Riley’s championship-low round of 63 tied PGA professional and recent Olympic Bronze Medalist Matt Kuchar, which he set during the 2007 Open Championship qualifying round.
After carding a score of 3-over par 73 in Monday’s first round, Riley started day two on fire with three birdies in his first five holes, as he quickly climbed the leaderboard. Following back-to-back pars on the sixth and seventh holes, Riley birdied the par 4 eighth hole, followed by birdies on the 10th, 12th and 13th holes. From there, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native closed the day with five consecutive pars to match the course record.
The day was made even better as Alabama men’s golf head coach Jay Seawell was by his side serving as Riley’s caddy throughout the championships.