No Americans make U.S. Amateur semifinals for the first time

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals Friday along with Canada’s Corey Conners and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, marking the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four.

Brady Watt (left) shakes hands with Scottie Scheffler,  of Dallas, after Watt won their quarterfinal match to join fellow Australian Oliver Goss in the U.S. Amateur semifinals. No American is the semis for the first time.   ASSOCIATED PRESS/USGA
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Brady Watt (left) shakes hands with Scottie Scheffler, of Dallas, after Watt won their quarterfinal match to join fellow Australian Oliver Goss in the U.S. Amateur semifinals. No American is the semis for the first time.

Watt, a co-medalist in stroke-play qualifying, had a dramatic 1-up victory over 17-year-old Scottie Scheffler of Dallas. Scheffler, the U.S. Junior Amateur champion, had a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh and trailed only once – when Watt made a 5-foot par putt to win the match on the 18th hole.

On Saturday at The Country Club, Watt will face Goss – a 5-and-3 winner over Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa.

“We’re great mates and we’ve had a lot of close tournaments together, and we really enjoy playing together,” Watt said. “I think we get the best out of ourselves and with the amount of people out there today, we’re going to look forward to tomorrow to show everyone good shots.”

Fitzpatrick, trying to become the first English winner since 1911, beat Adam Ball, of Richmond, Va., 4 and 3; and Conners topped co-medalist Neil Raymond, of England, 5 and 3.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Endicott, N.Y., Kenny Perry’s magical ride continues.

Chasing his third victory of the year on the Champions Tour, Perry shot 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Perry, the Senior Players and U.S. Senior Open winner this summer, had three birdies over the final four holes to surge past Bart and Brad Bryant and Joel Edwards.

Esteban Toledo, Jeff Freeman, Rick Fehr, and Russ Cochran are tied for fifth at 67 as more than half the field broke par at the short-and-narrow En-Joie Golf Club under nearly ideal scoring conditions.

Perry’s round turned with a brilliant shot at the par-5 12th hole. He holed a 6-iron from 187 yards for eagle. He also had six birdies to go with one bogey, hitting 15 fairways and putting just 26 times.

“I was 3-under par, playing nicely, cruising along,” said Perry, who leads the Champions Tour in money winnings with over $1.5 million. “You have a lightning bolt hit you like that – ‘Hey man, we can shoot a low score.’ It really pumped me up. It really got me excited. It got me motivated. It made me more aggressive.”

Former Augusta resident Allen Doyle shot 75.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Knoxville, Tenn., Aiken native Kevin Kisner shot 6-under-par 65 in the second round of the News Sentinel Open and is tied for third place.

Kisner is 7-under 135 overall at Fox Den Country Club and trails co-leaders Richard Scott (66 on Friday) and Blayne Barber (67) by two.

Evans resident Vaughn Taylor, Augusta’s Scott Parel and Aiken native Matt Hendrix all failed to make the cut, which fell at 139.

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