US Open 2014: 5 Amateur Golfers Who Could Shine

U.S. Open 2014: 5 Amateur Golfers Who Could Shine

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One of the best parts about major tournaments is seeing which amateur golfers will emerge from the pack and make some noise down the stretch. Even though it rarely happens where an amateur is in the thick of it on the final day, there’s always the possibility. The 2014 U.S. Open will be jam-packed full of some talented amateurs. Here are five that could succeed at Pinehurst this weekend.

5. Cory Whitsett

Cory Whitsett
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5. Cory Whitsett

Cory Whitsett
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Cory Whitsett holds a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 18. The recent Alabama graduate helped lead his team to a second consecutive NCAA Championship. The 2013 SEC Player of the Year has enjoyed plenty of success with the Crimson Tide, but he will be looking to bolster his career by turning pro after the U.S. Open concludes. Whitsett’s championship experience should make him someone to watch at Pinehurst.

4. Cameron Wilson

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4. Cameron Wilson

Cameron Wilson
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Cameron Wilson, who ranks No. 5 in the world among amateur golfers, received medal honors at the NCAA Championship a few weeks ago. Missing the cut at the U.S. Open in 2012 was heartbreaking but it served him well over the past couple of years. In 12 starts this season, he had 11 finishes of eighth place or better, which includes three wins. Like Whitsett, he intends to turn pro after this weekend.

3. Oliver Goss

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3. Oliver Goss

Oliver Goss
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Oliver Gross is definitely someone to watch at the U.S. Open after he earned the Masters Silver Cup this year by having the lowest amateur score at the Masters tournament. Goss is a member of the Australian national team. Even more impressive is that he is the Tennessee Volunteers’ all-time career leader in stroke average with an impressive 71.88.

2. Robby Shelton

Robby Shelton
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2. Robby Shelton

Robby Shelton
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Robby Shelton is the sixth ranked amateur golfer in the world. As a freshman this year, he was named the SEC Player of the Year and he received the Phil Mickelson Award for being the top freshman in the nation. Along with Whitsett, he helped Alabama win the NCAA Championship where he tied for third, which is the best finish a Crimson Tide player has had in 40 years. He also won the 2012 Junior PLAYERS Championship and Junior PGA.

1. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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1. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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If an amateur golfer is going to make noise at the 2014 U.S. Open, it will be Matthew Fitzpatrick leading the charge. The No. 2 ranked amateur golfer in the world is hoping that his fourth PGA Tour event this year is a memorable one. The 2013 U.S. Amateur champion was impressive at RBC Heritage earlier this year in which he tied for 23rd. Fitzpatrick will go pro after Pinehurst.


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