Player to watch at U.S. Amateur: Ty Dunlap

Ty Dunlap tees off during the final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Championship at The Capital City Club's Crabapple course.

Ty Dunlap tees off during the final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Championship at The Capital City Club's Crabapple course.

Ty Dunlap

Age: 20

World Amateur Golf Ranking: 173

Hometown: Westlake, Texas

School: Junior, Texas A&M

2013 Summer: Quarterfinalist Western Amateur; 2nd Porter Cup; T-9 Southern Amateur; T-17 The Players Amateur; T-45 Northeast Amateur; T-55 Monroe Invitational

Why he’s dangerous: Dunlap can putt like you wouldn’t believe. He makes 40-foot putts that matter – NCAA Championships for his team to advance into a playoff and the Porter Cup on the 72nd hole to place solo second – and that will help in the U.S. Amateur, especially during match play. He also progressed nicely throughout the summer with better finishes week after week.

“My hard work is paying off. I was coming off (shoulder) surgery in November,” Dunlap said. “I played good at NCAA regionals and then played great at NCAA Championships, so I think I had a mini hangover from those two events. And I’ve been eliminating any short sided mistakes.”

Dunlap is definitely on the short list of players to watch for one of the last five spots on the Walker Cup team. If he goes far at The Country Club, don’t be surprised if he’s on Team USA in September.

“That’s been my goal. That would mean everything,” he said. “The chance to play for your country and any opportunities to support the red, white and blue would be a dream come true. … I love my country and I would love to bring hardware home for this nation.”

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