Player to watch at U.S. Amateur: Ollie Schniederjans
Saturday, August 9, 2014
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World Amateur Golf Ranking: No. 1
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
School: Senior, Georgia Tech
2014 summer highlights: T-41, European Tour’s Scottish Open; Team USA, Palmer Cup; T-5, Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic
Why he’s dangerous: It was June 18 when Schniederjans became the new No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and has yet to play in actual amateur tournament since becoming No. 1.
The U.S. Amateur will be his first, so it will be interesting to see how the top-ranked golfer handles himself, especially since he hasn’t made it past the Round of 64 (2012) in three consecutive starts.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played since the middle of July after receiving a sponsor’s exemption into the European Tour’s Scottish Open. He was supposed to play in the Southern Amateur, but withdrew citing fatigue, so he should be well rested for this week’s grueling test.
Another positive for Schniederjans? It’s a home game for the Powder Spring, Ga., native. He lives less than an hour from the par-71, 7,490-yard Highland’s course at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Over the last two seasons with the Jackets and at this year’s Palmer Cup, his match play record is 4-2-1 (3-1-1 as an individual).
He’s a long hitter who collected five wins for the Yellow Jackets during the 2013-14 season and finished the college season ranked third by Golfweek.
With him being well-rested and having “home course” advantage, it’s safe to say it could be a big week Schniederjans.