U.S. Amateur Preview: Contenders and sleepers, history & more
09 Aug 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links

BROOKLINE, Mass. (Aug. 9, 2013) -- The 113th U.S. Amateur Championship tees off Monday from The Country Club, home to many of golf's greatest and most historic memories.

Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of the event from start to finish, including plenty of preview coverage to get you ready for the paramount event in amateur golf. For our full preview slate, use the links to the right.

Yet again, the Amateur will bring the game's top amateurs to its field. Adding to the overall championship is the event's Walker Cup implications. With five slots already taken, two mid amateurs and three others still up for grabs, there is plenty at stake in addition to the top prize.

Here's a look at the contenders and sleepers to watch during the week:


Patrick Rodgers
Patrick Rodgers: According to Walker Cup captain, Rodgers, a junior at Stanford, is the best amateur in the world. A two-time Walker Cup selection, Rodgers won the stroke- play portion of the Western Amateur last week and is undoubtedly a player to watch in Brookline.

Max Homa
Max Homa: The NCAA Champion and another early Walker Cup pick, Homa is the complete package. He won the Pac-12 conference title and the NCAA in succession and was a key cog in the Cal Bears' record-setting season.

Jordan Niebrugge
Jordan Niebrugge: If not for his win at the Western Amateur, Niebrugge, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, would have been in the 'sleeper' category. But wins at the U.S. Public Links, Wisconsin Amateur and the Western Amateur --- in succession --- puts him in position to contend as the hottest player anywhere.

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas: Steady, steady, steady. The 2011-2012 collegiate player of the year, Thomas is among the game's top amateurs. He'll turn pro after the Walker Cup in September and has turned in two terrific performances using PGA Tour exemptions. Thomas, who recently completed his junior year, was a key piece to Alabama's NCAA Championship this past spring.

Cory Whitsett
Cory Whitsett: Another piece of Alabama's NCAA Championship team, Whitsett has also won one of the game's best individual events. Whitsett shot a final-round 63 to come- from-behind and win the Northeast Amateur in June and has the makeup to win in multiple formats. Whitsett was also an initial selection by the USGA and will represent the U.S. in the Walker Cup.


Tyler Dunlap
Tyler Dunlap: If not for Niebrugge, Dunlap may be the hottest player in the game. Dunlap took second place at the prestigious Porter Cup and, the very next day, took medalist honors at a U.S. Amateur qualifier. With plenty of confidence and a steady game, the Texas A&M junior, could turn heads.

Matthew Fitzpatrick
Matthew Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick took low amateur honors last month at the British Open. Last week, he lost in the final match of the English Amateur Championship. He can play well under pressure, in the toughest of environments and in a match play format. Watch out for the incoming freshman at Northwestern.

Cory McElyea
Cory McElyea: McElyea has had quite the summer. The University of San Francisco golfer reached the U.S. Open and the next week, won the California Amateur. He's logged Top 5s at the Trans-Mississippi and Pacific Coast Amateur and reached match play at the Western Amateur.

Brady Watt
Brady Watt: Watt is the top-ranked player in our Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Rankings. While his game might not warrant notice as a 'sleeper', the Australian isn't well known among U.S. fans. Watch for Watt, who tied for third at the Porter Cup, next week at the U.S. Amateur.

Jim Liu
Jim Liu: A highly-ranked junior, Liu will start his collegiate career at Stanford in just a few weeks. Liu, a former U.S. Junior winner, reached the semifinals of the British Amateur Championship earlier this summer.

Results For U.S. Amateur Golf Championship
WinEnglandMatthew FitzpatrickEngland2000
Runner-upAustraliaOliver GossAustralia1500
SemifinalsCanadaCorey ConnersCanada1000
SemifinalsAustraliaBrady WattAustralia1000
QuarterfinalsEnglandNeil RaymondEngland700

View full results for U.S. Amateur Golf Championship

ABOUT THE U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent amateur competition in the world. Applications are typically placed online, starting the third week in April at www.usga.org.

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