TOLEDO, Ohio — Brian Harman said yesterday he wasn’t going to turn pro because he wanted to make the Walker Cup. Well, his summer is off to a great start.
In his quarterfinal match, Harman faced Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler, Team USA’s MVP from 2007. Harman kept his focus and defeated one of the best amateurs in the world.
Fowler will most likely be a lock for this summer’s Walker Cup squad, but who else will we see at Merion?
Florida’s Billy Horschel? Just turned pro.
USC’s Jamie Lovemark? Intends to turn pro.
Clemson’s Kyle Stanley? Just turned pro.
Can anyone else throw out a name that would seem to be a potential lock? I can’t.
Walking in the crowds today wearing his Team USA jacket proudly was Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci.
I jokingly asked him if he was using the NCAA championship as a “recruiting tool” for his squad.
He replied, “I’m treating this trip to Inverness like any other scouting trip.”
Note to Brian Harman: I think you got the captain’s attention.