Amateurs At The 2018 US Open
There will be 20 amateur golfers hoping to cause a few shocks at Shinnecock Hills this weekend. This is the highest amount of amateurs to compete at a US Open since 1962, where there was also 20. The amateurs are always interesting to watch, with many of them still young, we could be looking at the next golfing sensation. Bet UK have chosen 5 amateurs we think might have a decent performance at the 2018 US Open. If you want to follow any of the amateur's progress, click here for a complete list of tee times.
Harry Ellis is an English amateur who was born in Southampton, but now resides in Florida. In 2012, Ellis became the youngest ever winner of the English Amateur at just 16 years old, matching the record set by Nick Faldo. In 2017, Ellis won The Amateur Championship, the biggest amateur tournament in the world. After his win, gained entry into the 2017 Open Championship, the 2018 Masters, as well as the 2018 US Open. In his previous major championship outings, Ellis was nowhere near the cut, with +22 in 2017 and + 12 in 2018. But having major experience could become important for a golfer who is looking to make the halfway cut in a professional tournament for the first time in his career.
Doug Ghim is making his final appearance as an amateur in this years [US Open(/us-open-2018)], hoping to make the move to professional after the tournament. As of May 2018, Ghim was the worlds best amateur golfer, perhaps influencing his decision to turn professional. In his first major appearance, Ghim played at the 2018 Masters, becoming the only amateur golfer to actually make the halfway cut. Making the cut with +4, Ghim finished the tournament tied for 50th with +8 overall. Remarkably, Doug Ghim scored a couple of eagles during his time at Augusta, earning him 2 pairs of crystal goblets as a reward. He also earned his low amateur honours because of his finish as the best amateur at the tournament. The US Open will only be his second major, but for a player on the cusp of becoming professional, he could outperform his rank once more.
Stewart Hagestad’s first appearance at a professional major was at the 2017 Masters, after winning the 2016 US Mid-Amateur. Hagestad managed to make the halfway cut with a score of +3, the best performing amateur of the first 2 days. His +3 in the first 2 rounds put him just 3 strokes away from the top 10. He finished the 3rd round on +5 after another impressive showing, still asserting his place as the best amateur of the tournament. His nearest competitor was Curtis Luck, who turned professional just after the tournament. Hagestad’s performance earned him the Silver Cup, and also drew attention from the press asking if he would turn professional. Hagestad however has stated he has no desire to turn professional and is happy continuing as an amateur. He may be one to watch this tournament though, as previous tournaments show just how good he can be.
Braden Thornberry is competing in his first US Open in 2018. Thornberry gained entry to the tournament after helping to represent the USA at the 2017 Walker Cup. His biggest achievement to date came in the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic in Tennessee. Playing against a field of professionals warming up for the US Open, Thornberry managed to finish tied for 4th after a 8 under par score. The only amateur in the tournament, Thornberry easily made the halfway cut at evens. His final round saw him play one of the best of any player at the tournament, shooting at 5 under par to secure 4th place. Coming into his first US Open on the back of Tennessee sectional qualifiers, Thornberry will be hoping to revive him form from 2017 and become one of the few amateurs to make it past the cut.
Noah Goodwin has made the US Open thanks to a new ruling that awards an entry to the winner of the 2017 US Junior Amateur tournament. The entry has only come into play this year, but in the past Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have both played in the tournament, proving it takes some talent to win. Goodwin made his first appearance on the PGA Tour at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson. Unfortunately he was cut at the halfway mark, but for a 17 year old appearing at his first professional tournament, not much more could have been expected. After his performances in 2017, he was named the Rolex Junior Player of the Year. As of June 2018, he was ranked the 38th best amateur player in the world, very impressive for a 17 year old.
These amateurs could be following in the footsteps of some great players with a strong performance at the US Open this year. Some of the best US Open wins have came from young emerging stars.. Bet UK has the latest US Open news from throughout the event at Shinnecock Hills..
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