By Tyler Ruby on April 9, 2014
Each year, a select number of amateurs earn the opportunity to play at the Masters and the famed Augusta National Golf Club. For some, it could be the pinnacle of their amateur careers, and for others, it's the beginning of a long, successful one.
This year, there are six amateur golfers who will get to play Amen Corner and cross the Hogan Bridge. But rest assured, these golfers aren't there to take in the sights, they are there to contend.
The oldest amateur in the field at 51, Michael McCoy earned his spot in the Masters field by winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. He has played in 35 USGA championship events, and he has a long history of winning tournaments in his home state of Iowa and around the country.
Oliver Goss, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee. The Australian earned his Masters berth by being the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur. He is the No. 13-ranked amateur in the world, and he has five top-10s for the Volunteers this year.
Garrick Porteous is currently the seventh-ranked amateur in the world. From Morpeth, England, Porteous earned his spot at Augusta by winning the British Amateur Championship. He is entering the Masters with some momentum as well. He defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick, the top-ranked amateur in the Masters field, in the Georgia Cup.
Jordan Niebrugge may only be 20 years old, but he already has an accomplished golfing career. A sophomore at Oklahoma State University, Niebrugge won the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, defending his 2013 title to earn his spot in the Masters. In 2013, he was named a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team.
Chang-woo Lee, 19, earned his spot in the field by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The South Korean is currently the fifth-ranked amateur in the world. He won four times in 2013, including the Song-Am Cup and the Korean Amateur Championship.
Matthew Fitzpatrick is the top-ranked amateur in the Masters field. He is the No. 2-ranked amateur in the world, and he won the U.S. Amateur in 2013. By doing so, he became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur since 1911. Fitzpatrick also earned low-amateur honors at the Open Championship at Muirfield last year. He represented Great Britain and Ireland on the Walker Cup team in 2013 at the National Golf Links of America in New York.
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