Ervin just happy to compete despite missing the cut

  • Golf
  • Thursday, 13 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: Ervin Chang (pic) has failed to make it to the top 64 knockout stage in his first US Amateur golf championship — the Major of amateur golf.

The 22-year-old Ervin carded an improved even-par 72 on the Bandon Dunes course in Oregon on Tuesday but it could not make up for his dismal opening round effort of seven-over 78 on the Bandon Trails course on Monday.

Ervin completed the 36-hole stroke play in a tie for 133rd on seven-over 150 – missing the cut by five shots.

The world No. 149 Ervin made the 264-man field by virtue of being among the top 225 golfers in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) – a special exemption category introduced by the tournament organisers the United States Golf Association (USGA) due to Covid-19 pandemic this year.

Ervin has preferred to look at the brighter side despite his dismal outing.

“Considering the pandemic is going on, being able to play competitive golf again makes me feel great already,” said Ervin.

“I honestly think I played decent except having one or two bad holes. Playing in the wind has always been tough for me and it is still is after playing golf for 16 years.

“I’m just happy that I’m able to walk away from this event with better playing experience and shooting a 72 at Bandon Dunes!”
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