PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Charleston Southern senior Art Griffin's tremendous week continued Wednesday with a Round of 64 match play victory at the United States Amateur at Riviera Country Club. Griffin, the No. 25 seed, topped No. 40 seed Nathan Jeansonne, 3 and 2, to move into Thursday's Round of 32.
Griffin never trailed in Wednesday's match, repeatedly answering Jeansonne's rallies. On all three occasions that Jeansonne squared the match, Griffin followed with a birdie on the next hole to retake the lead. The last of those came at the par-three 14th hole, giving Griffin a one-up advantage. He followed with a par at No. 15 and another birdie at No. 16 to seal the win.
In total, Griffin birdied six holes and finished at -2 through 16 holes. He will now face No. 57 seed Joey Vrzich on Thursday morning in a Round of 32 match. The match is scheduled to start at 7:35 a.m. PDT. The winner will move into Thursday afternoon's Round of 16 and vie for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Griffin earned a berth in the match play field by placing in a tie for 19th over 36 holes of stroke play. He was fourth in the 312-player field after a first round four-under par 66 on Monday.
USGA.org will carry coverage of Thursday's action from 2-4 p.m. EDT. FS1 will take over coverage from 6-9 p.m.