Amateur capsules for U.S. Open at Pinehurst
Monday, June 9, 2014
Here is a closer look at the 13 amateurs who will compete in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 June 12-15:
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Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
College: Illinois (rising senior)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 37
How he qualified: T-4, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Daly City, Calif.)
The skinny: Campbell had remained quiet on the college golf scene until his coming-out party at the 2012 NCAA Championship. This year, he helped lead Illinois back to the NCAA Championship, advancing to match play for the second year in a row. He also added his biggest victory to date to his resume – the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional – earning him Big Ten Player of the Year honors.
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Hometown: West Chester, Ohio
College: Coastal Carolina (rising senior)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 152
How he qualified: First alternate, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Springfield, Ohio); replaces Thomas Bjorn (WD)
The skinny: He shot a course-record 66 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati at U.S. Open Local Qualifying to advance to sectionals. He missed out on a U.S. Open spot by one shot after rounds of 70-67 at sectionals, but then got “one of the best phone calls I've ever received in my life.” In his junior season at Coastal Carolina, Dorn tallied his first collegiate victory, at the General Hackler.
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Hometown: Sheffield, England
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 2
How he qualified: 2013 U.S. Amateur winner
The skinny: Since leaving Northwestern in January after one semester, Fitzpatrick has played in two PGA Tour events and the Masters. He made the cut at the RBC Heritage and earned a top-25 finish. The teen will forgo his Open Championship exemption and make his professional debut next week at the European Tour’s Irish Open. He has signed with Chubby Chandler’s ISM stable.
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Hometown: Perth, Australia
College: Tennessee (rising junior)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 14
How he qualified: 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up
The skinny: Goss earned the Masters Silver Cup (low amateur) after rounds of 76-71-76-75 at Augusta National. At Tennessee during the 2013-14 season, Goss finished as the Volunteers' all-time career leader in stroke average, at 71.88. He also earned his second collegiate victory in March at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. Goss is a member of the Australian national team.
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College: Ohio State (verbal commit, Class of 2015)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 2,060
How he qualified: Second, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Springfield, Ohio)
The skinny: Not yet in college, Grimmer returns to Pinehurst after shooting an 11-under 59 at Pinehurst No. 1 during the 2013 North and South Junior, in which he ultimately finished fourth. He earned his first AJGA victory at the 2013 Memorial Junior after rounds of 67-71-68. He is No. 19 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Class of 2015 rankings.
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Hometown: Trussville, Ala.
College: Alabama-Birmingham (graduated in 2014)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 151
How he qualified: second alternate, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Memphis, Tenn.); replaces Jason Millard (DQ)
The skinny: Love shot 68-69 at the Memphis sectional qualifier and lost in a playoff before getting in as the second alternate when Jason Millard disqualified himself. Love will have UAB head coach Alan Murray on his bag during the week. “It is going to be the experience of a lifetime,” Love said. In his final season with the Blazers, he compiled seven top-15 finishes and a 72.3 stroke average.
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Hometown: Billings, Mont.
College: Oregon (rising junior)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 285
How he qualified: first alternate, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Creswell, Ore.)
The skinny: McIver was added to the U.S. Open field Monday, grabbing one of the five remaining TBD spots. He was first alternate out of the Creswell, Ore., sectional qualifier, finishing a stroke shy of one of the automatic qualifying spots. As a sophomore with the Ducks, McIver was second on the team in scoring average (71.95) and top 25s (eight), and also shot a 3-under 67 in the final round of the NCAA Championship, where he tied for 49th.
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Hometown: Portola Valley, Calif.
College: Stanford (rising sophomore)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 408
How he qualified: third, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Daly City, Calif.)
The skinny: After a junior career that included two match-play appearances at the U.S. Junior Amateur, McNealy found a spot in the Cardinal lineup as a freshman, making the Pac-12 All-Freshman team and helping Stanford to the semifinals of match play at the 2014 NCAA Championship. McNealy's father, Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and a former collegiate golfer at Harvard, caddied for his son in Daly City as the younger McNealy shot 5-under 67 at Lake Merced Golf Club and 2-under 69 at the Olympic Club's Ocean Course.
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Hometown: Wilmer, Ala.
College: Alabama (rising sophomore)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 6
How he qualified: T-8, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Memphis)
The skinny: Shelton, who tied for eighth after shooting 70-66 at Colonial Country Club, had a stellar freshman season for the Crimson Tide, earning SEC player and freshman of the year honors. He tied for third at the NCAA Championship, Alabama's best individual finish since 1975, then went 3-0 in match play to help lead the Tide to the title. Before arriving in Tuscaloosa, Shelton was ranked Golfweek's No. 1 junior. He won the 2012 Junior Players and 2012 Junior PGA, and also was a member of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team in 2012. In 2010, he defeated Jordan Spieth en route to making the semifinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur.
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Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
College: Vanderbilt (rising senior)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 83
How he qualified: T-12, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Memphis, Tenn.)
The skinny: Stewart made a 15-footer for birdie on the second hole of a five-man playoff to secure his spot in the U.S. Open field. He led the Commodores in scoring average (72.09), notching four top-5 finishes in 12 starts this season. His T-35 showing at the NCAA Championship helped Vandy to a 16th-place finish as a team. He also won the 2013 Players Amateur.
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College: Alabama (graduated in 2014)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 18
How he qualified: medalist, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Houston)
The skinny: The left-handed Whitsett is fresh off leading Alabama to its second straight NCAA Championship. He also took the sectional qualifier at Lakeside Country Club by five shots, shooting a pair of 6-under 66s. He is playing the U.S. Open as an amateur because he used an exemption he earned by competing in the Walker Cup to advance through local qualifying. He plans to turn pro after Pinehurst.
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Hometown: Rowayton, Conn.
College: Stanford (graduated in 2014)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 5
How he qualified: first alternate, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying (Purchase, N.Y.)
The skinny: Wilson, who took medalist honors at the NCAA Championship last month, will make his second U.S. Open start – he missed the cut in 2012 – after earning one of the five remaining TBD spots. He was first alternate at the Purchase, N.Y., sectional qualifier, shooting 72-70 to finish a shot out of the fourth and final automatic qualifying spot. Wilson's performance at the NCAA Championship, where he also helped Stanford to a semifinals appearance in match play, was stellar, but so was Wilson's senior season. He had 11 finishes of T-8 or better, including three wins, in 12 starts. The other start? Well, he finished T-15. Wilson will compete in the Open as an amateur, but plans to turn pro after. He has sponsor exemptions into the Travelers Championship and John Deere Classic.