For the first time since 2000, the USDGC has a back to back champion. Will Schusterick of Nashville, TN, can boast Championship crowns from 2010 and now 2012 after outlasting Ricky Wysocki by two strokes on Saturday.
This time Schusterick had several members of his family in attendance including his mother, sisters and grandparents. "There's no better feeling in the world than to have family there as I succeeded," said Schusterick.
Going into Hole 17, Schusterick had a two stroke lead over Wysocki, however the Stockholm Open Champion left himself a lengthy putt after landing safely on the treacherous island green. When Schusterick missed his birdie putt, Wysocki had the chance to narrow the lead to one going into the last hole after his side arm landed within makeable range. However, Wysocki missed, hitting the chains wide left to the shock of the crowd. Wysocki took extended moments by himself on the 17 green, and then again on the tee of 18 to think things over and regroup. "I definitely wasn’t done yet. I still wanted to birdie (Hole) 18 to put the pressure on," said Wysocki after the round, adding that he’d battled all day and he planned on continuing.
Winthrop Gold feels like my home course. I’ve said that since the second year I came here.
- Will Schusterick
Looking similar to 2010, Schusterick then threw four safe shots on hole 18 to defend his title and become the 2012 USDGC Champion for the second time in a row. Wysocki fought valiantly, finished with a par on 18 and secured a solid second place finish. Others finishing well included third place Josh Anthon (-44), fourth place Paul Ulibarri (-41), and tied for fifth at (-40) were Nikko Locastro and Steve Brinster.