Riley, Zalatoris reach US Junior final

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole Friday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-American final against William Zalatoris.

Riley, the 17-year-old from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who lost in the final last year, rallied to square the match and finished off the 17-year-old Englishman with a par on the third extra hole.

"Tomorrow, I just need to play consistent, keep the ball in front of me, and make a lot of birdies," Riley said. "It's going to be a tough match, because anybody who gets this far is playing well. But you just have to go out there and try to get the win."

The 17-year-old Zalatoris, from Plano, beat Australia's Curtis Luck 1 up to reach the 36-hole final.

"It was a fun day today," Zalatoris said. "This is what you live for, being under the gauntlet."

Riley had birdie wins on the par-5 13th and par-4 16th to pull even with Horsfield in sweltering conditions on the Nicklaus course at The Club at Carlton Woods. They halved 17 and 18 with bogeys, with Riley missing a 3-footer on 18, then split the 19th with pars and halved the 20th with bogeys.

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