Masters amateurs: Which players can make cut?

By Ryan LavnerApril 8, 2014, 3:02 pm

From a 19-year-old hotshot to a 51-year-old journeyman, six amateurs will make their Masters debuts this week at Augusta National. Here’s what you need to know about the group (listed in alphabetical order and projected finish):

Matt Fitzpatrick 

Age: 19

World Amateur Ranking: 2

Notable achievements: Won 2013 U.S. Amateur; earned low-amateur honors at 2013 British Open; 2013 GB&I Walker Cup member; 2012 British Boys champion 

Skinny: Fitzpatrick isn’t the longest hitter, but his short game (and a firm-and-fast setup) gives him an excellent opportunity to make the cut this week. Having left Northwestern after only one semester, the Englishman has focused full-time on golf, and a good performance this week could convince him to turn pro before his remaining two major exemptions.   

Chang-woo Lee

Age: 20

World Amateur Ranking: 7

Notable achievements: Won Asia-Pacific Amateur; won on Korean Tour; won Korean amateur title by 14; T-2 at Korean Open

Skinny: His breakthrough 2013 campaign included three amateur victories and a title on the Korean Tour. Now among the top-10 amateurs in the world.

Oliver Goss

Age: 19

World Amateur Ranking: 15

Notable achievements: 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up; two-time winner at University of Tennessee

Skinny: The Australian showed his immense skill at the U.S. Amateur and he’s been steady, if unspectacular, during his sophomore season at Tennessee, winning once and posting five top-10 finishes.   

Jordan Niebrugge

Age: 20

World Amateur Ranking: 10

Notable achievements: 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion; 2013 Western Amateur champion; 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team member 

Skinny: The Oklahoma State sophomore was one of the revelations of 2013, winning the APL and Western Amateur in the span of a month. This season, Niebrugge has one victory in nine college starts.

Garrick Porteous

Age: 24

World Amateur Ranking: 8

Notable achievements: 2013 British Amateur champion; 2013 Scottish Open champion; 2013 GB&I Walker Cup member

Skinny: The Englishman is a consistent contender on the international amateur circuit, and last fall he tied for 14th at the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship. During his college career at Tennessee, he had seven top-10 finishes. 

Michael McCoy 

Age: 51

World Amateur Ranking: 180

Notable achievements: 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion 

Skinny: The Iowan earned his first USGA title in convincing fashion, dominating the 36-hole final. Earlier this year, he finished fourth at the Jones Cup, one of the strongest amateur events on the schedule. 

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: