Fernandez de Oliveira Falls in Opening Match at U.S. Amateur
PARAMUS, N.J. – Razorback All-American Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, who was 21st after two rounds of stroke play, lost his opening match at the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship – played at the Ridgewood Country Club – as Hayden Hopewell birdied the first playoff hole for the 1-up win in the Round of 64.
Fernandez de Oliveira, #22 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, got on the board early with a par on the 594-yard hole #3. Hopewell, #41 in WAGR, immediately knotted the match with a birdie on hole #4. The Razorback took a 2-up lead by winning holes #9 and #12. However, Hopewell won back-to-back holes (#14 and #15) to square the match once again.
Fernandez de Oliveira bounced back with a birdie on hole #16 to regain the advantage only to see Hopewell win the 17th hole. The pair each recorded a par on the 18th to force extra holes. Hopewell ended the match on the first playoff hole with a birdie for the 1-up, 19-hole win.
Up next, Fernandez de Oliveira, along with fellow countryman Segundo Oliva Pinto, will compete for Argentina in the 2022 World Amateur Golf Championship Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The 32nd Eisenhower Trophy competition will be played at Le Golf National (Albatros course) and Golf de Saint-Nom-La- Brèteche (Red Course) near Paris, France.