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US Open 2014: Ranking the Amateur Golfers

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U.S. Open 2014: Ranking the Amateur Golfers

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The focus at the 2014 U.S. Open will be on the professional golfers who are trying to collect their first win at the tournament. However, it’s always thrilling when an amateur golfer emerges in a major. Here’s a ranking of the 12 amateur golfers who were fortunate enough to land a spot at the U.S. Open.

12. Will Grimmer

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12. Will Grimmer

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Will Grimmer, who has a verbal commit to Ohio State University, shot an incredible 59 at Pinehurst No. 1 during last year’s North and South Junior Championship. It will be interesting to see what the 17-year-old will be able to do at Pinehurst No. 2 after he finished second in the Springfield, Ohio U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying.

11. Maverick McNealy

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11. Maverick McNealy

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Maverick McNealy finished third at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Daly City, Calif. As a freshman, the Stanford Cardinal cracked the lineup, made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, and was a factor in Stanford reaching the semifinals at the 2014 NCAA Championship.

10. Brandon McIver

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10. Brandon McIver

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Brandon McIver nabbed one of the five remaining spots at the U.S. Open on Monday by being a first alternate at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Creswell, Ore. McIver put forth a great performance as a sophomore for the Oregon Ducks. He was second on the team with eight top-25 finishes and a 71.95 scoring average.

9. Andrew Dorn

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9. Andrew Dorn

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Andrew Dorn shot a 66 at Maketewah Country Club to advance to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, which is a course record. Unfortunately, he missed the U.S. Open by one stroke. Thankfully, he got a chance to compete due to Thomas Bjorn withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a sore neck and shoulder.

8. Sam Love

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8. Sam Love

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Sam Love graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham this year. He’s hoping to use his good fortune of Jason Millard disqualifying himself to get an opportunity to play well at the U.S. Open. Millard was disqualified after he reported a penalty in sectional qualifying. This past season with the Blazers, Love recorded seven finishes in the top 15 and a 72.3 stroke average.

7. Hunter Stewart

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7. Hunter Stewart

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Hunter Stewart won the 2013 Players Amateur. To clinch a spot in the U.S. Open, he sunk a 15-foot putt for birdie in a five-man playoff. Stewart has a legitimate chance to make some noise in the major tournament after he led the Vanderbilt Commodores with a 72.08 score average and four finishes in the top 5.

6. Brian Campbell

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6. Brian Campbell

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Brian Campbell earned his first collegiate win at The Macdonald Cup after he shot a record-breaking 197 over 54 holes, which was the second best score in Big Ten history. He led the Illinois Fighting Illini with a 70.81 score average this season, while all 27 of his rounds counted towards the team’s score. More importantly, he was awarded Big Ten Player of the Year after a win at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional.

5. Cory Whitsett

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5. Cory Whitsett

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Cory Whitsett graduated this year after he helped lead Alabama to its second consecutive NCAA Championship. The U.S. Open will be his last tournament as an amateur as he intends to turn pro after this weekend.

4. Oliver Goss

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4. Oliver Goss

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Oliver Goss is already a known name after he earned the Masters Silver Cup this year by having the lowest amateur score in the tournament. Now, he is looking to add another trophy to his collection at the U.S. Open. Goss, who is a member of the Australian national team, is the Tennessee Volunteers’ all-time career leader in stroke average with an impressive 71.88.

3. Robby Shelton

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3. Robby Shelton

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Robby Shelton was named the SEC Player of the Year and he received the Phil Mickelson Award for being the top freshman in the nation. At the NCAA Championship, he tied for third, which is the best finish a player from Alabama has had in 40 years. His experience from winning the 2012 Junior PLAYERS Championship and Junior PGA should help him in the U.S. Open.

2. Cameron Wilson

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2. Cameron Wilson

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Cameron Wilson, who is the No. 5 ranked amateur golfer in the world, missed the cut at the U.S. Open in 2012. However, plenty of more experience, which includes medal honors at the NCAA Championship a few weeks ago, should help guide him to a worthy performance at Pinehurst. He intends to go pro after this weekend.

1. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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1. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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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 tied for 23rd at the RBC Heritage earlier this year. As expected, the 19-year-old will turn professional after this weekend, which means fans should expect to see plenty more of him going forward.

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