Viktor Hovland (right) shakes Cole Hammer's hand (USGA photo)
The U.S. Amateur is the pinnacle of the summer amateur season, and this time there’s even more on the line. The winner of a grueling week at Pinehurst Resort will not only lift the Havemeyer Trophy but also has a shot at earning a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team (if he is American). The winner also will earn a pairing alongside Tiger Woods for the first two rounds of the 2020 Masters Tournament in addition to a U.S. Open start, among other exemptions.
Pinehurst is an iconic venue for the U.S. Amateur, having most recently hosted the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in 2014. Players will compete on the No. 2 and No. 4 courses for stroke play before an interesting twist comes into play late in the week.
The championship match, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, will open with the morning round on No. 4, which was recently redesigned by Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on No. 2, a classic Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011. It will be the first time in the event’s 119-year history that the 36-hole championship match will be played on two different courses.
If you can't make it to Pinehurst, AmateurGolf.com has you covered with daily reports and highlights, and we highly recommend watching the live coverage courtesy of FOX and the USGA.
Here’s how to watch:
Schedule of Play
Aug. 12 (Monday): First round, stroke play
Aug. 13 (Tuesday): Second round, stroke play
Aug. 14 (Wednesday): Round of 64, match play
Aug. 15 (Thursday): Rounds of 32 and 16, match play
Aug. 16 (Friday): Quarterfinal round, match play
Aug. 17 (Saturday): Semifinal round, match play
Aug. 18 (Sunday): 36-hole championship final, match play
TV times are listed below (all times EDT):
Wednesday, Aug. 14: 4-7 p.m., Round of 64 matches – FS1
Thursday, Aug. 15: 4-7 p.m., Round of 16 matches – FS1
Friday, Aug. 16: 4-7 p.m., Quarterfinal matches – FS1
Saturday, Aug. 17: 3-6 p.m., Semifinal matches – FOX
Sunday, Aug. 18: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Championship match (afternoon 18) – FOX
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 14 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 in the spring
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