They halved the final five holes.
“A let up a little bit during that first nine in the afternoon and Jordan played great in that stretch,” Kim said. “I tried to make a comeback and pulled within one, but I just kind of ran out of holes.”
Kim, the low amateur in the U.S. Open at Merion after winning the Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins awards as the college player of the year, ended any chance of extra holes when he hit his second shot on the 36th into the water.
“Today I only made one bogey,” Niebrugge said. “I made him beat me with birdies.”
Niebrugge finished with six birdies, and Kim had seven birdies and three bogeys.
“I think that hole on 33; the par 5 was a huge hole for me. I made a birdie on top of him, which was huge,” Niebrugge said. “I think that was kind of a momentum swing. If I would have missed it we were even going into the last three holes and anything can happen after that.”
As for his plans next April, Niebrugge couldn't think of a better place to be than Augusta.
“That's the one course if I had to pick any in the entire world that I wanted to play,” Niebrugge said.