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When the 2014 U.S. Open kicks off from
Pinehurst, the golf world will be following
one -- or more -- of the many, many
buzzing about No. 2.
Among those storylines, as it is every year
our national championship, is the
interest in the amateurs in the field. Mixed
among the major championship winners,
World Golf Hall of Famers and otherwise
contenders is a group of 11 amateurs
All but two of the amateurs in the U.S.
field earned their position by way of
the grueling qualifying process, which wrapped
up Monday at 10 sites across the
. The other two, Matthew
and Oliver Goss, punched their tickets
last summer with their terrific runs to the
at the U.S. Amateur.
As the golf world prepares for its second
championship of 2014, here's a look
at the 11 amateurs in the U.S. Open field:
MEET THE AMATEURS IN
U.S. OPEN FIELD »
Shot 1-over 142 and then defeated Casey
Wittenberg on the sixth extra hole to earn
alternate status at the Purchase, N.Y.,
qualifier; won the 2014 NCAA Men's Division
individual title as a senior at Stanford;
in three U.S. Amateurs and the 2012 U.S.
at The Olympic Club; in 2009, was the
youngest-ever Metropolitan Golf Association
Player of the Year.
A golfer at the University of Oregon, McIver
finished as the First alternate in sectional
qualifier in Creswell, Ore. McIver reached last
year's U.S. Amateur and was a Top 10
the NCAA Regional last month.
Qualified as first alternate from Springfield
C.C. sectional when Thomas Bjorn withdrew;
shot 137 in qualifier; medalist at local
Maketewah C.C. in Cincinnati by carding
record 66; won 2013 North & South
Pinehurst; also won 2013 Ohio Amateur;
for 2013 U.S. Amateur; just finished junior
at Coastal Carolina, where he owns one
Whitsett, an outgoing senior at University of
Alabama, shot 12-under to take
medalist honors at the Houston, Texas
sectional qualifier. One of the game's top
amateurs, Whitsett won last year's
Amateur and was a member of the
2013 U.S. Walker Cup team. Whitsett was a
driving force in Alabama's two-straight
A freshman at Stanford, McNealy shot 7-
at Lake Merced Golf Club and the
Olympic Club's Ocean Course to take one of
five berths from the Daly City sectional.
McNealy most recently made headlines in a
match-play battle with Talor Gooch of
Oklahoma State in last week's NCAA
One of the collegiate game's most
players, the Irvine, Calif. native and
University of Illinois golfer will have a
to showcase his game on the biggest
of stages. He shot 6-under to take the last
qualifying berth at the Daly City, Calif.
qualifier on Monday.
A junior standout from Cincinnati, Grimmer
5-under at Springfield Country Club
to punch his ticket. Grimmer has quite the
history at Pinehurst. Playing the resort's
No. 1 course, he shot a 59 at last summer's
North & South Junior. While the U.S.
Open will surely be played under quite
conditions, Grimmer -- just a high
school junior -- will undoubtedly be a
University of Alabama standout freshman
Robby Shelton led all amateur qualifiers at
the Colonial Country Club sectional. He shot
70-66 to finish tied for eighth and three
shots off the pace of medalist Hudson
Swafford in a qualifier that featured many
Love, a standout at University of Alabama-
Birmingham shot 6-under and tied for the
final qualifying position at the Colonial
Club sectional in Memphis. Love was
a major factor in the recent NCAA
Championship, helping UAB reach the final
with stellar play in the regionals.
Stewart, of Vanderbilt, was the fourth and
final amateur to sneak past the field and
into the U.S. Open at the Memphis
Stewart tied Love and Cappelen for
the final berth. A former Players Amateur
champion, Stewart is a standout golfer for
Oliver Goss, from Australia, finished as the
runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Amateur. The
University of Tennessee golfer was the low
amateur at the Masters in April.
Fitzpatrick, who announced that he'll turn
professional following the U.S. Open, is
exempt into the field by way of winning the
2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club
in Brookline, Mass.
ABOUT THE U.S. Open
The U.S. Open is one of 13 national
championships conducted by the USGA.
to amateurs and professionals.
The USGA intends to make the U.S. Open
most rigorous, yet fair, examination of golf
skills, testing all forms of shot-making. The
USGA prepares the course after careful
consideration of 14 different factors. The
complete philosophy statement can be
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