Don't discount Anderson
Friday, June 12, 2009
One name that I don’t think has been mentioned enough during the Walker Cup chase is former South Carolina All-American Mark Anderson. He won last year’s Players Amateur by five shots, then beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff at the NEC Master of the Amateurs in Australia, one of the top events in the world.
Anderson is in second halfway through the Sunnehanna. If he can maintain that placing, I hope he starts getting serious consideration, if he’s not already.
Anderson finished his college career in 2008, so he wasn’t able to state his Walker Cup case during this past college season, but he can make up for that quickly with some strong finishes in amateur events. And no one can question his passion for the Walker Cup; he has stayed amateur for the past year with hopes of making the U.S. team.
He is No. 20 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Amateur Rankings, and No. 7 in the U.S.