Chung, Uihlein likely locks for WATC

Peter Uihlein has likely secured a ticket to the World Amateur Team Championship by advancing to the final match at the U.S. Amateur.


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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – About an hour after the U.S. Amateur semifinals, David Chung was watching David Chung play golf on television. You have to do something pretty special to experience watching yourself on TV, or have the sort of outlandish personality that lands you on a reality show.

Chung has definitely done the former. His performance this summer – making the U.S. Amateur final, and winning the prestigious Western Amateur and Porter Cup – is outstanding, and will lead to many more memorable opportunities, like spots in the Masters and U.S. Open. Before Chung plays in those majors, he’ll likely get the opportunity to represent the United States in the World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina in October.

You never know what the USGA’s team selectors are thinking, but Chung and Uihlein have to be locks for the team. Their appearances in the U.S. Am final only makes their impressive resumes even longer. They’re also early favorites for the 2011 Walker Cup.

Team USA for the WATC will be announced after the U.S. Amateur. I think the third member of that three-man team will be Scott Langley. Not only does he have a national championship of his own (the NCAA Championship), but he tied for 16th at the U.S. Open. He clinched his WATC spot (in my mind, at least) by advancing to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals.

The USGA may also look at Morgan Hoffmann, who also advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Uihlein. The USGA likes to pick members of its recent international teams, and Hoffmann played on the 2009 Walker Cup team. He performed admirably at the U.S. Open, holding the lead late in the first round before missing the cut, and finished in the top 10 at a Nationwide Tour event earlier this year. He’ll likely be the team’s first alternate.

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