U.S. Amateur Preview: Contenders and sleepers, history & more
09 Aug 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com
see also: Riviera Country Club
BROOKLINE, Mass. (Aug. 9, 2013) -- The 113th
U.S. Amateur Championship tees off Monday
from The Country Club, home to many of
greatest and most historic memories.
Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of
event from start to finish, including plenty of
preview coverage to get you ready for the
paramount event in amateur golf. For our full
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,
amateurs and three others still up for grabs,
there is plenty at stake in addition to the top
Here's a look at the contenders and sleepers
to watch during the week:
: According to
Walker Cup captain, Rodgers, a junior at
is the best amateur in the world. A two-time
Walker Cup selection, Rodgers won the
portion of the Western Amateur last week and
is undoubtedly a player to watch in Brookline.
: The NCAA
and another early Walker Cup pick, Homa is
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
: If not for
win at the Western Amateur, Niebrugge, a
sophomore at Oklahoma State, would have
been in the 'sleeper' category. But wins at the
Public Links, Wisconsin Amateur and the
Western Amateur --- in succession --- puts
position to contend as the hottest player
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
September and has turned in two terrific
performances using PGA Tour exemptions.
recently completed his junior year, was a key
piece to Alabama's NCAA Championship this
: Another piece
Alabama's NCAA Championship team, Whitsett
has also won one of the game's best individual
events. Whitsett shot a final-round 63 to
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
: If not for
Niebrugge, Dunlap may be the hottest player
Dunlap took second place at the prestigious
Porter Cup and, the very next day, took
honors at a U.S. Amateur qualifier. With
of confidence and a steady game, the Texas
A&M junior, could turn heads.
: 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
well under pressure, in the toughest of
environments and in a match play format.
Watch out for
the incoming freshman at Northwestern.
: McElyea has
quite the summer. The University of San
Francisco golfer reached the U.S. Open and
the next week, won the California Amateur.
logged Top 5s at the Trans-Mississippi and
Pacific Coast Amateur and reached match play
player in our Golfweek/amateurgolf.com
Rankings. While his game might not warrant
notice as a 'sleeper', the Australian isn't well
among U.S. fans. Watch for Watt, who tied for
third at the Porter Cup, next week at the U.S.
: A highly-ranked
Liu will start his collegiate career at Stanford
just a few weeks. Liu, a former U.S. Junior
winner, reached the semifinals of the British
Championship earlier this summer.
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
which has no age restriction, is open to
with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. It is
of 13 national championships conducted
annually by the USGA, 10 of which are
for amateurs. It is the pre-eminent
competition in the world.
Applications are typically placed online, starting
third week in April at www.usga.org.
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