Masters 2014: Meet the amateurs
03 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: Augusta National Golf Club, Jordan Niebrugge Rankings, Jordan Niebrugge Profile

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The Masters is nearly upon us. The golf world will be glued to coverage of the 80th playing at Augusta National Golf Club.

Among the favorites and contenders will be a group of players not on the collective radar for golf fans -- yet. The amateurs, six of them, head to The Masters with so much to prove and, really, nothing to lose.

Last year, Tianlang Guan made the cut, albeit slowly. Who'll be the amateur dandy this year?

Let's take a look at the amateurs playing in the 2014 Masters:

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking: No. 5

Qualified By: Winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club

Fitzpatrick, from England, is among the world's best. He recently left Northwestern University to focus on his game full-time. At the U.S. Amateur, he stormed through a group of international powers to win the Havemeyer Trophy and an invite to Augusta. Fitzpatrick was also the low amateur at last year's British Open.

Oliver Goss

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking: No. 12

Qualified By: Finishing as runner-up at 2013 U.S. Amateur

Goss was among the last men standing at The Country Club. He beat fellow Australian and then-World No. 1 Brady Watt to advance to the final match and punch his ticket to Augusta. A member of the golf team at Tennessee, Goss was six Top 10 finishes and a victory in his time with the Vols.

Chang-woo Lee

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking: No. 269

Qualified By: Winning the 2013 Asia-Pacific Amateur

Lee won the Asia-Pacific Amateur at 3-under, finishing as the only player under par. The memorable 2013 also included a win on the Korean Tour and a win at the Korean National Amateur -- by 14 shots. The 20- year-old also finished tied for second with Rory McIlroy at the Korean Open.

Mike McCoy

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking: No. 16

Qualified By: Winning the 2013 U.S. Mid- Amateur

McCoy is a longtime contender and winner in national events but his record 8-and-6 win in the championship match last clinched his first USGA title and a trip to The Masters. McCoy also won the Coleman Invitational and the George C. Thomas Invitational last year. This season, he was fourth at the Jones cup and tied for 18th at last weekend's Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston.

Jordan Niebrugge

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking: No. 2

Qualified By: Winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links

Nobody had a better summer than Jordan Niebrugge. In successive weeks, the Wisconsin native and then-rising Oklahoma State star won the U.S. Public Links, Wisconsin State Amateur and Western Amateur. To punch his Masters invite, he defeated Cal's Michael Kim, 1-up, in the Pub-Links finale. In 114 holes of match play, Niebrugge trailed for only two holes.

Garrick Porteous

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking: No. 7

Qualified By: Winning the 2013 British Amateur

A former golfer at the University of Tennessee, Porteous won the British Amateur in rough conditions, topping Toni Hakula of the University of Texas. Porteous also took No. 1 in qualifying for the 2013 Scottish Amateur, placed second at the Welsh Open Amateur and had Top 10s at the Lake Macquarie, Master of the Amateurs and European Nations Cup.
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One of Golf's four professional majors traditionally invites amateurs who have reached the finals of the US Amateur, or won the British Amateur or the US Mid Amateur. Also included are the winners of the relatively new Asia Pacific Amateur and Latin American Amateur.

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