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Friday, August 27, 2010

An moves into the semifinals

Bradenton's Ben An has earned a semifinal berth after a hard-fought quarterfinal match in the 110th U.S. Amateur at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash.

An won the tournament last year, which gave him exemptions into the U.S. and British opens, and an invitation into The Masters.

He missed the cut in all three majors, but the experience in those tournaments and couple other PGA Tour stops has the incoming University of Cal-Berkeley freshman primed for a return trip golf's elite venues in 2011.

However, An would need to repeat this week. He battled his soon-to-be college teammate to a 1-up victory that took all 18 holes to complete. It was the first time since match play began that An has been forced to No. 18.

His previous three matches ended early.

An never trailed in the match, and it was just the second time he played No. 18 - having played the hole during stroke play qualification.

He faces Fayetteville, N.C. golfer David Chung in Saturday's first semifinal.

The match is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. local time.

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