Western Am starts Tuesday: 5 players to watch
Perhaps the game's hardest event to win, the
Western Amateur kicks off Tuesday from The
Beverly Country Club in Chicago.
Jordan Niebrugge hopes to defend against
what very well may be the most impressive
field of the year in the grueling format, which
includes 72 holes of stroke-play followed by a
16-player match play field.
The event will feature 50 of the WAGR's top
100 players, including 21 of the top 37.
to say, there's a good chunk of talent to be
seen next week at the Western Amateur.
As we prepare to follow the action at The
Beverly Country Club, here's a look at five
players to watch and contend with Niebrugge:
The Cal State Fullerton golfer hopes to make it
a two-for in marquee events this summer. He
recently won the Sahalee Players title and
reached the final 16 of the California Amateur.
He won the NCAA's Central Regional medalist
and was ninth at the NCAA Championships. A
tie for fourth place at the Trans-Miss has the
local favorite -- he plays at Illinois -- ready to
make a splash.
: After competing in
Palmer Cup, DeChambeau has continued his
solid play. Most recently, the SMU star
reached the quarterfinal round at the U.S.
local favorite, Ghim has the chance to make
his presence known in a big way. After
co-medalist honors last week at the U.S.
Amateur Public Links Championship, the
native and highly-regarded Texas signee is
among the hottest players entering the event.
bursting onto the scene last year by qualifying
for the U.S. Amateur, the New York native's
stock has only risen. He had a solid year at
Texas and started hot at the Porter Cup. Could
the Western Amateur be Hall's marquee win?
ABOUT THE Western Amateur
Invitational event, known to many as the
'Masters of Amateur Golf.' Quite probably the
hardest amateur tournament to win.
156 invited players come from across the
globe to play one of the toughest formats in
amateur golf. The tournament starts with 18
holes of stroke play on Tuesday and
Wednesday after which the field is cut to the
low 44 scores and ties. Thursday it's a long
day of 36 holes of stroke play to determine
the “Sweet Sixteen” who compete at Match
Play on Friday and Saturday (two matches
each day if you're going to the finals) to
decide the champion.
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