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Defending champ Emma Talley routed at Women's Amateur

Emma Talley of Kentucky tees off on the

Emma Talley of Kentucky tees off on the eighth hole during her match against Su-Hyun Oh of Australia on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at the U.S. Women's Amateur tournament at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Protracted, it was not. When the defending tournament champ squared off against the Nassau Country Club's new course record-holder in Thursday's U.S. Women's Amateur, it took only 10 holes of match play to separate the two.

The latter, 18-year-old Korean-born Australian Su-Hyun Oh, carved up 2013 winner Emma Talley, a University of Alabama sophomore, by winning every hole from No. 2 through No. 10 for a 9 and 8 victory in the round of 16.

Oh carded four birdies and six pars while Talley finished with two bogeys, three double bogeys and five pars. If it had been stroke play, Oh's margin would have been 12 shots.

The fairly shocking score aside, the result itself was something of a surprise as well, since Talley had eliminated Oh in the quarterfinals on the way to winning last year's amateur title in Charleston, South Carolina.

"I kept thinking about last year," Oh said, "because she beat me on the 19th in the quarters. On the first tee I was, like, 'Oh, I'm playing Emma, but at least it's not the quarters.' "

Oh also lost in the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals. So Friday, "I have a big step," she said, when she meets 16-year-old Texan Kristen Gillman, this year's Junior PGA champ, in this year's quarterfinals.

Oh had begun the tournament Monday with a first-round 66 in stroke play -- a women's course record -- to qualify as the No. 2 seed in match play. Oh won her morning round-of-32 match, 4 and 3, over Pennsylvanian Liz Breed.

Talley could live with the fact that she "just didn't play as well as [Oh] did," she said. "You've got 156 girls out here that want it just as bad as you do. Even though I won last year, these girls, at this point . . . I just didn't play as well. I got beat."

Oh could not remember ever having won a match so decisively, "but it always helps when you get off to a good start in match play," she said. "You might not be three or four up, but even with a one-up advantage, you can go a little safer. And I hit a really, really good shot on 2, and that got me off to a good start."

At the par-3 10th, desperately needing to win a hole, Talley put her tee shot in the bunker. And Oh, unflappable all afternoon, wiped up the wipeout.

"But it's match play," Oh said. "I played well, but tomorrow I start from scratch."

Notes & quotes: Jennifer Coleman, the granddaughter of Nassau members Dan and Helen Coleman, lost 2 and 1 to fellow Californian Alison Lee in the morning round of 32.

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