Amateurs' bios, 2014 Masters at Augusta National
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Six amateurs will compete in the 2014 Masters, all of them making their first start at Augusta National.
Here is a closer look at each of the six amateur participants:
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Hometown: Sheffield, England
How he qualified: U.S. Amateur champion
Buzz: Fitzpatrick first made major headlines when he qualified for last year's Open Championship and earned low-amateur honors at Muirfield. He then won the U.S. Amateur title later that summer before beginning his freshman year at Northwestern. His college career was short-lived, however, as he spent just one semester at Northwestern. Fitzpatrick, who plans to stay amateur at least through this year's U.S. Amateur, played the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month on a sponsor exemption and missed the cut. The world's second-ranked amateur also has spots in this year's RBC Heritage, AT&T National, U.S. Open and Open Championship.
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Hometown: Perth, Australia
How he qualified: U.S. Amateur runner-up
Buzz: Goss, a sophomore at Tennessee, finished runner-up to Matthew Fitzpatrick at last year's U.S. Amateur, also earning spots in the Masters and U.S. Open. The Australian has five top 10s for the Vols this season, including a victory at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate this spring, and also leads the team in scoring average (71.69). He is 15th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and 38th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
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Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
How he qualified: Asia-Pacific Amateur champion
Buzz: Following in the footsteps of former Asia-Pacific Amateur champions Tianlang Guan and Hideki Matusyama, Lee earned his first Masters berth with a three-shot victory last October in Longkou City, China. He also tied for second along with Rory McIlroy at the 2013 Korea Open and is ranked seventh in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
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Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
How he qualified: U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Buzz: McCoy became the second-oldest winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur when he defeated Bill Williamson, 8 and 6, last October. it was McCoy's first title in 38 USGA starts after having previously advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur twice (2005, '08). The world's 180th-ranked amateur tied for fourth at the Jones Cup earlier this year.
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Hometown: Mequon, Wis.
How he qualified: U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
Buzz: Niebrugge, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, had a summer to remember in 2013. He won the Wisconsin Amateur, Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links before helping the U.S. to victory at the 2013 Walker Cup. This season for the Cowboys, Niebrugge has four top 10s, including a victory at the Amer Ari Invitational. He is ranked 10th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and 56th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
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Hometown: Morpeth, England
How he qualified: British Amateur champion
Buzz: Porteous, last year's British Amateur champion and the No. 8 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, will enter the Masters fresh off a victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick at the Georgia Cup. The 18-hole match between the U.S. and British amateur champions was held April 1-2 at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga. Porteous, a former collegiate player at Tennessee and also a 2013 European Walker Cupper, posted a 3-and-2 victory.