Closer look: Amateurs in the Masters
April 07, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Matthew Fitzpatrick, 19, won the 2013 U.S. Amateur and made the cut at last year's Open Championship. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
How he qualified: 2013 U.S. Amateur champion
Hometown: Sheffield, England
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 2
Briefing: The skinny Englishman dazzled at last year’s U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Brookline with a stellar short game, but a lack of length off the tee could be a concern at Augusta National. This will be his second major; he finished 44th at the 2013 Open Championship to earn low-amateur honors at Royal Muirfield. He also represented Great Britain & Ireland in last year's Walker Cup.
How he qualified: 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up
Age: Turns 20 on April 12
Hometown: Perth, Australia
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 15
Briefing: The Australian also advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Amateur. He has the ability to hit high long irons and has creativity and touch around the greens, according to one longtime observer of the amateur game. Goss won the 2012 WA Open Championship on PGA Tour of Australasia and was a third-team All-American in 2013.
How he qualified: 2013 Asia-Pacific Amateur champion
Hometown: South Korea
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 7
Briefing: Lee has already had success in professional events. He tied with Rory McIlroy for second in last year’s Korean Open and won on the Korean Tour. Three of the four Asia-Pacific Amateur winners have made the cut at the Masters. Two-time Asia-Pacific Amateur champ Hideki Matsuyama will play his first Masters as a professional this year after making the cut in two appearances as an amateur. Tianlang Guan made the Masters cut last year at 14 years old.
How he qualified: 2013 U.S. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
College: Wichita State (graduated in 1984)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 180
Briefing: McCoy is the second-oldest player to win the Mid-Am. No reigning U.S. Mid-Am champion has ever made the Masters cut. His son, Nate, was an All-American at Iowa State and now plays on PGA TOUR Canada.
How he qualified: 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
Hometown: Mequon, Wis.
College: Oklahoma State
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 10
Briefing: Niebrugge, who represented the United States at last year’s Walker Cup, had one of the best amateur seasons in the country in 2013. He won the U.S. Amateur Public Links (beating 2013 college player of the year Michael Kim in the final), as well as the Western Amateur, Wisconsin State Amateur and Wisconsin State Match Play Championship. He won his first collegiate title at the Amer Ari Invitational in February.
How he qualified: 2013 British Amateur champion
Hometown: Morpeth, England
College: Tennessee (graduated in 2012)
World Amateur Golf Ranking: 8
Briefing: Porteous graduated from Tennessee with a degree in studio art, and displays his paintings and photography on his website (http://www.garrickporteous.com). He represented Great Britain & Ireland at the 2013 Walker Cup after also winning the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play. He also played rugby before turning to golf full-time at 16.