Missed putts trip Yip at amateur

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

On the subject of painful golf names, Ryan Yip goes right alongside Harry Hook, Billy Bogey and Sammy Shank.

But perhaps most unfortunate for Yip and his hopes to advance to the final of this week's Canadian Amateur Championship was his opponent yesterday.

The Calgary golfer fought gamely in his semi-final against defending champion Richard Scott before a balky putter took him down.

After missing short birdie putts on each of Mississaugua Golf and Country club's three closing holes, Yip conceded Scott's tap-in on the 18th for a one-up victory.

"It's really frustrating knowing that I didn't feel like I got but that I beat myself out there," said Yip, who played college golf at Kent State University. "I was two up, and well in control of the match and my putter just went cold."

Yip didn't quite have "the yips," a golfing term for choking on short putts. But if he would have holed any of those final three -- each less than 10 feet -- he may have found himself in today's 36-final.

Instead it will be Scott, the talented 23-year-old from Kingsville, Ont., bidding for his third national title and second in a row.

Attempting to end his reign will be Todd Halpen of Calgary who disposed of Saskatchewan's Graham Delaet, 3-and-1 in yesterday's other semi.

It will be a daunting task to upend Scott, who took advantage of Yip's miscues, but Halpen plans to let the champ know he is in a match.

"I've got nothing to lose. I'm the underdog and a pretty big one at that," Halpen said. "I'll just rip it every drive and see what happens."

Though he struggled at times in both matches yesterday, Scott figures his track record is worth something.

"I think it's going to help that I've done it before," said Scott, who needed an extra hole to win his morning quarter-final match against Canadian junior champ Nick Taylor. "It wears you out playing 36 holes a day (for three consecutive days) but you just have to be mentally prepared."

Scott started out strong yesterday, jumping out to an early two-up lead. But five consecutive missed greens resulted in three bogeys and the match was all square after nine.

Two holes and two birdies later -- including an approach on 11 that grazed a tree before settling two feet away from the cup -- and suddenly Yip was two up.

But when Scott birdied 15 and 16 and Yip's putter gone icy his hopes went in the deep freeze with it.


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