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Hogarth impressed by Smith
Tim Hogarth had this to say about Nathan Smith's 5-under par round in the morning, during which Smith went 5 up and essentially decided the final match in the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Atlantic Golf Club: "That was one of the best rounds I've ever seen. He played phenomenal.:
Hogarth added that he was impressed that Smith played his best, on the way to a 7 and 5 win in the 36-hole final, when he absolutely needed it the most. The runnerup from Northridge, California was not as pleased with his own play. "I was in a million-dollar Nassau and I tanked it," he said.
What made it gigantic, he explained, was that the winner gets to go to the Masters. Each of the finalists had been there before and each desperately wanted to get back. 'That's what's priceless," Hogarth said.
For Smith, 32 of Pittsburgh, it was his third U.S. Mid-Amateur victory (tying Jay Sigel for the record) and his second in a row.