LUBBOCK, Texas – Recording his worst
round of the U.S. Open Saturday obviously did not sit well for former Texas Tech
golfer Andrew Dresser as he stormed back with a vengeance to record his best
round of the event at one-over par 72 and jump up nine spots in the final
standings as he wrapped up his first major with a bang Sunday.
Dresser finished the event at 16-over
par 300 and tied for 71st overall in one of professional golf’s most
elite events played on a difficult course, the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course in
San Diego, Calif.
Coming into the event, Dresser’s goal
was to make the “cut” and to be able to play during the last two days of the
tournament. He accomplished that by recording a solid round of 73 Friday to be
able to earn a chance to play among some of game’s greats. After struggling
through a rough day and sub-par weather Saturday, the Carrollton, Texas, native
proved Sunday he is not only capable of playing among the greats, but that he
can also hold his own with them.
Sunday’s tee time came early for
Dresser as he hit the links for an early 7 a.m. PST start. Things did not look
particularly promising for the former All-American in the early going as he
double bogeyed the first hole. He bounced back strong by birdying the next hole
and shooting par on the following two holes. A pair of bogies on five and six
set him back momentarily, but he once again rebounded with a birdie and a pair
of par holes to bounce back up set some momentum at the
The back nine is where Dresser
settled into a groove as he breezed through the challenging back nine at
one-under 35. Included in that were back-to-back birdies that followed a bogey
on 12. After birdying a challenging par-five 13th hole, Dresser three
shot his way to a birdie on 14 and then shot par over each of the final four
holes to end his first major on a strong note.
Dresser will now look to ride the
confidence of holding his own among some of the game’s greats as he continues
play in a slew of events that he is scheduled to play in over the next few
weeks. His quest is to eventually earn a spot next the greats he played with, on
the PGA tour.
(courtesy: texas tech)