BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Qualifying medalist Alex Smalley rallied to beat Scott Harvey 2 and 1 on Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.
Smalley, the Duke sophomore from Wake Forest, North Carolina, pulled even with the 38-year-old Harvey with a birdie on the par-4 11th and took the lead with a par on the par-4 14th in the match that was interrupted for nearly two hours because of rain.
Smalley took a 2-up lead with a par on the par-4 16th and finished off Harvey with a halve for par on the par-3 17th on the Donald Ross-designed South Course that Ben Hogan dubbed the "The Monster" in his 1951 U.S. Open victory. Harvey, from Greensboro, North Carolina, got the last of the 64 match-play spots Wednesday morning in a 23-man playoff for eight positions.
Smalley will face Illinois junior Dylan Meyer in the second round. Meyer, from Evansville, Indiana, beat Scotland's Connor Syme 2 up.