"It was definitely playing that good of competition (in the Greenbrier Classic qualifiers). You shoot a 70 and you're not even sniffing it. That puts it in perspective how good those guys are."
Cooke bogeyed 15 and 16, but knows what he has to do today - the "moving day" of 72-hole golf tournaments.
"Saturday's always moving day for people in four-day tournaments," said Cooke, who will attend University of South Carolina-Beaufort. "Everybody is going after it, making birdies. Knowing I'm behind I'll play a little more aggressive."
Obecny's situation is more precarious, with a seven-stroke deficit and going just 1-under on the Greenbrier where he knows low scores are expected if you are to win the championship.
Two birdies in the first three holes didn't hold up, with the rising senior at Wheeling Park High School having a double-bogey on No. 8, and following back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and No. 12 with bogeys on 13 and 14. He parred out the round, missing what he felt was a golden opportunity.
"(Monday) I hit the ball better," said Obecny, who finished 10th last year and missed the cut in 2009 when he was 13 years old. "Today, I just kind of scrapped it around.
"I was looking to shoot 68, 69. I had it 3-under. Sam is making everything, so I figured I had to make a few birdies, but had some bogeys. It's disappointing but, it happens. I still have a chance."
The championship resumes today on the Greenbrier Course. For the first time since the inaugural Greenbrier Classic in 2010 an exemption into the PGA Tour event isn't in the cards for the champion.
Additionally, this marks the first time the Amateur is not rotated - the Old White TPC is being used for the first and fourth rounds while the Greenbrier is the layout for the second and third rounds.
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