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Kelly Kraft wins US Am Championship

SMU Senior Kenny Kraft beat red-hot favourite Patrick Cantlay by two strokes at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills on Sunday.

With the victory, Kraft earned an invitation to the Masters and a spot at the British Open. Provided he keeps his amateur status.

"I mean, I definitely want to play in the Masters," Kraft said. "That's something I have to think about."

Kraft, from Denton, Texas, upset the odds against the 19-year-old Cantlay who is widely considered a rising start in the U.S. golf ranks, and tipped for great things in the professional ranks.

Having already had experience competeing against professionals, including an appearance in the U.S. Open, Cantlay had looked dominant all week long.

However he made two crucial errors that he couldn’t amend.

First a pulled 8-iron into a bunker, followed by overshooting the green on the par-5 14th for a bogey.

The next hole was no better as trouble with his putter resulted in a par putt on the 16th hole going long.

A missed par putt on 18 and he conceded the hole – and the match to Kraft.

"Obviously, he played better than me," Cantlay, the No.1 ranked amateur player, said. "But I feel like I threw away the golf tournament."

With all the elation of winning, Kant was hit with  a double-dose of good news as immediately after the tournament, it was announced that the 22-year-old Texan would be added to the Walker Cup team headed to Scotland next month.

"I just won the tournament, and then they told me this," Kraft said. "I about had a heart attack."

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