WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Ryan Moore defeated Lee
Williamson 10 and 9 Saturday to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links
Moore, of Puyallup, Wash., a sophomore at UNLV who played in the
U.S. Open, had 14 birdies and one bogey and closed out Williamson
in 27 holes of the 36-hole final at The Orchards.
The margin of victory was the second-largest in tournament
history behind Jim Sorenson's 12 and 11 win over Jay Cooper in
"I'm not sure where that came from,'' said Moore, who lost in
the final of the 2000 U.S. Junior Amateur. "I just know I would
have hated playing against me today.''
Moore earns a spot in the 2003 Masters, if he remains an
amateur, and the finalists receive automatic berths into next
month's U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.
Moore was 6-up after 18 holes and was 9-up after 24 holes.
After Williamson's chip for par on the 27th hole ran 6 feet past
the hole, he conceded Moore's 10-foot birdie putt and the
"I'm disappointed, but he never really gave me a chance,'' said
Williamson, the Crawfordsville, Ind., player preparing for his
final season at Purdue. "My only regret was that I couldn't stay
even for a few holes and put a little more pressure on him.''