U.S. Open: How did the amateurs do?
17 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Open Golf Championship, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Well, Merion sure lived up to its hype. Of course, not the hype supplied by the media and the players at the 113th playing of the U.S. Open.

No, it held up to the hype, or rather, strength supplied by the USGA. Not rain, rain and more rain could soften the course enough to hold a player under par. Instead, Justin Rose and his score of 1-over for what will be one of the wildest Open weekends on record, was the low mark.

One of the biggest storylines from the weekend, of course, was the play of Michael Kim. The Cal junior and recent recipient of the Haskins Award for the top player in college golf was just five shots off Phil Mickelson's third- round lead. He started the final round in a tie for 10th place and sights set on becoming the first amateur to win the open since 1933.

While the amateur didn't take the title on the 100th anniversary of Francis Ouimet's memorable and historical win, the amateurs in the field at Merion did compete.

Here's a breakdown of the amateurs at this year's open and how they fared:

Michael Kim
Michael Kim, T17, Low Amateur: The to-be junior at top-ranked Cal shot a final-round 76 to fall back a bit but made plenty of noise in getting within a few shots of the leader in the third round. Kim finished 73- 70-71-76 for a weekend total of 10-over, 290.

Cheng-Tsung Pan
Cheng-Tsung Pan, T45: Pan, the sixth-ranked amateur in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Player Rankings and a top collegiate golfer at Washington, fired rounds of 72-72 to start the U.S. Open and even held a share of the lead early on Friday. He finished 75-76 for a total of 15-over.

Kevin Phelan
Kevin Phelan, T62: The Ireland native and recent North Florida graduate was the low amateur after Round 1, firing a Thursday 71. He struggled a bit to close with rounds of 77-78-74 but did make the cut and finish 20-over.

Michael Weaver
Michael Weaver, 64th: The Cal senior and 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up, Weaver shot rounds of 74-74-78- 75--301 to finish 21-over.

Chris Williams
Chris Williams, MC: In his last event as an amateur, the 2012 McCormack Medal winner shot rounds of 75-74 and missed the cut.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox, MC: The 2012 U.S. Amateur champion fired rounds of 76-74 to finish at 10-over, missing the cut.

Gavin Hall
Gavin Hall, MC: Heading to Texas in the fall, the New York native fired rounds of 74-77 and missed the cut. He holed out on the par-4 8th hole Friday for eagle, one of the week's top highlights.

Max Homa
Max Homa, MC: Despite spectacular play entering, the Pac-12 and NCAA individual champion missed the cut with rounds of 73-78.

Cory McElyea
Cory McElyea, MC: The University of San Francisco golfer shot rounds of 81-79.

Grayson Murray
Grayson Murray, MC: A recent transfer to UNC-Greensboro, Murray shot 83-81 to finish 25-over.

For our full U.S. Open coverage, see the links at the top of this article.

For full field results, click the links below.

Results For U.S. Open Golf Championship
T17CAMichael KimDel Mar, CA90073-70-71-76--290
T45Chinese TaipeiCheng-Tsung PanChinese Taipei50072-72-75-76--295
T62IrelandKevin PhelanIreland50071-77-78-74--300
64CAMichael WeaverFresno, CA50074-74-78-75--301

View full results for U.S. Open Golf Championship


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