Kevin Weber comments on the UC Riverside golfer’s win at the U.S. Youth Open. Joey Kaufman, Carlos Alcaraz and Jordan Smith were the top three finishers. Posted by UCR Sports on Tuesday, October 24, 2017
A 16-year-old sophomore has become the youngest player in U.S. Open history to reach the quarterfinals in a men’s US Open.
Carlos Alcaraz shot a 4-under 68 in his third round to finish on Saturday at the U.S. Youth Open at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois.
Alcaraz is 16 years and 78 days old, which is the youngest player to enter the quarterfinals of a men’s Open since Tommy Armour III won the 1996 U.S. Amateur at 19 years and 205 days.
He now faces 19-year-old Connor Syme, a native of Hingham, Massachusetts, in the quarters. Syme shot a final-round 67 to finish at 16-under 203 and capture the lead at the midway point of the $500,000 event.
The second-round leader in the 121-player field, Syme opened with a 63 but had a 69 on Friday. Syme will attempt to become the youngest winner of a U.S. Open title, and the youngest male to capture a title on the PGA Tour since 1989.
Syme captured his second tour victory in the Bridgestone Invitational last year at age 17. He became the youngest player to break 60 in a professional tour event in 2009.