The two semifinalists who advance out of the upper half of the U.S. Amateur bracket definitely can say they earned their spots in the Final Four. Consider the names that reside on this half of the 64-player bracket: medalist Gregor Main, Harris English, Andrew Yun, Peter Uihlein, Eugene Wong, Scott Langley, Blayne Barber, John Peterson, Chris Williams, Russell Henley, Patrick Cantlay, Cory Whitsett and Tom Lewis.
Consider these potential second-round matches:
• Gregor Main vs. Harris English/Andrew Yun
• Blayne Barber vs. John Peterson
• Russell Henley vs. Patrick Cantlay
• Cory Whitsett vs. Tom Lewis
Here’s a breakdown of this bracket by the numbers:
6: Competitors in the upcoming Walker Cup. English, Uihlein, Williams, Henley and Cantlay will represent the U.S., while Lewis will play for Great Britain & Ireland. Main, Yun, Barber and Peterson are among the leading competitors for the final three spots on the U.S. team.
5: Players who’ve made the cut in majors. Cantlay and Henley made the cut at this year’s U.S. Open. Uihlein and Lewis played the weekend at this year’s Open Championship. Henley and Langley tied for 16th at the 2010 U.S. Open.
4: First-team All-Americans – Cantlay, Peterson, Uihlein and Yun.
2: Winners of Nationwide Tour events. Russell Henley won the Stadion UGA Classic, and English finished first at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. Peterson was runner-up in that event.
2: NCAA champions. Langley won in 2010, and Peterson won this year. There also are two Nicklaus Award winners (college player of the year): Wong (2010) and Cantlay (2011).