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Riley, Zalatoris reach US Junior final

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014

"I just told myself, 'There's nothing I can do about that putt now, so I might as well just shake it off and go to the next hole," said Riley, who also missed a 4-footer on the 20th.

Last year, Riley lost 3 and 2 to Scottie Scheffler at Martis Camp in Truckee, California.

Zalatoris, making his record-tying fifth appearance in the event, won with a birdie on the par-5 18th after Luck won Nos. 14-16 to square the match.

"Even when he won three in a row, 14-16, and then his putt (from the fringe) should have gone in on 17 when it hit the flagstick, I just stayed patient and I knew exactly what I needed to do," Zalatoris said. "Like I've said all week, my ball-striking has held up as well as it has all year."

In the morning quarterfinals, Riley beat China's Andy Zhang 2 up, and Zalatoris topped Zimbabwe's Sean Crocker 3 and 2.

Riley and Zalatoris earned spots in the U.S. Amateur next month at Atlanta Athletic Club.