BLUFFTON, S.C. — Philip Barbaree rallied to win the U.S. Junior Amateur on Saturday, beating Andrew Orischak on the 37th hole after overcoming a late five-hole deficit.
The 17-year-old Barbaree, from Shreveport, Louisiana, won the par-5 29th and par-4 30th with birdies and the par-4 32nd and 33rd with pars to pull within a hole on Colleton River Plantation Club’s Pete Dye Course. He tied it with a par on the par-4 36th and won with a bogey on the par-4 37th.
"It’s definitely the biggest junior tournament out there and to win it means a lot," Barbaree said. "It says a lot about how much I’ve been practicing for this and how hard I’ve been working for this."
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Barbaree matched the largest comeback in event history. Three years ago at Golf Club of New Hampshire, Andy Hyeon Bo Shim overcame a five-hole deficit to beat Jim Liu 4 and 3.
Barbaree works with Cameron McCormick, the Dallas-based instructor who also coaches Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth
The 16-year-old Orischak is from nearby Hilton Head Island.
"The whole week, I just said I was going to hit one shot at a time and I thought that the mentally toughest person was going to win," Orischak said. "And it wasn’t me because I got ahead of myself. I was thinking about winning before the match was over, and I still had golf to be played."
Barbaree finished off his semifinal match in the morning, winning the 18th with a par for a 1-up victory over South Korea’s Won Jun Lee. They were tied after 17 holes Friday when play was suspended because of darkness in the weather-delayed tournament.
Orischak advanced to the final Friday, beating Eugene Hong of Sanford, Florida, 3 and 2.
Barbaree and Orischak earned spots in the U.S. Amateur next month at Olympia Fields in Illinois.