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Anthon and Schusterick Have Lead
Josh Anthon of California is holding strong with (-35) for the Championship, but now he’s tied with 2010 US Champion Will Schusterick, who surged during Friday’s third round with a course record tying 53 (-15).
Schusterick wasn’t the only player to humble Winthrop Gold on Friday. Jumping into the Championship conversation with a blistering 53 were Steve Brinster of New York and Finn Jussi Meresmaa, who had a share of the lead after Round 1.
After Anthon and Schusterick are Ricky Wysocki of South Carolina (-33), Brinster and Meresmaa at (-31), and three others are tied at (-28).
When asked what winning the USDGC would mean to Anthon, he replied, “It would mean a lot. I’ve come out here for a lot of years.”
However, Anthon said he isn’t going to think about that during the next round or any of his competitors. He just wants his round to come to him and it’ll work out.
After stepping away from the game for awhile this year, he picked it back up with intensity a month or so prior to the USDGC, practicing all those Winthrop shots he knew so well, he said.
Seeing Schusterick on top of the lead card, may remind many of 2010, when he kept 2009 US Champion Nikko Locastro from repeating. Now, it looks like Schusterick may be in line for a second helping of USDGC glory.
Schusterick said there really wasn’t much to his record tying round.
“When you’re feeling good and focused. Nothing else is going on,” said Schusterick, who hit a clutch birdie putt on Hole 18 to deadlock the lead.
He said he plans on playing Saturday the same relaxed way he knows he’s capable of.
“That’s all I can do,” said Schusterick, who said he’s been able to gain maturity since his 2010 win at the age of 18.