Los Angeles, Aug. 17 (CNA) Taiwanese amateur golfer Pan Cheng-tsung was eliminated by sixth seeded American player Brandon Hagy in the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship Friday.
Pan, 20, a veteran of the championship being held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado, lost momentum from the first three rounds to be defeated four and three by first-timer Hagy, 21, in the quarterfinals.
Pan had the advantage at the start of the game, having taken two birdies, and at one point had a two-hole lead when Hagy played a double bogey at the fourth hole.
However, the match turned at the fifth when Pan scored a bogey and Hagy hit one of the two eagles he would score in the game.
Pan shot another bogey at the sixth hole, bringing the two golfers to a tie, and a third at the 10th.
From hole seven onwards, Hagy took the lead with a birdie, and scored his second eagle at the 11th, with a further birdie at the 15th.
"I think I played well, but Brandon just played better," said Pan. "I don't know what I could have done differently. He just played very good, very steady golf today. I'm happy with the tournament, but wish I could have done better and gone farther," he added.
In 2007, Pan became one of the youngest golfers since Bob Jones to enter the quarterfinals of the championship at the age of 15, and has played in five championships over the last six years, according to a U.S. Golf Association press release.
(By Oscar Wu and C.J. Lin)