During this stretch of time in between the US Open and the British Open, you start to see a few names on the leaderboard of events that you may have never heard before.
These players I’m talking about were some of the best amateurs in the world and after they played in either the Masters or the US Open, they decided to turn profesional. This is a route taken by some of the best young players on tour today like Jon Rahm and Bryson Dechambeau.
Now let’s take an inside look into who some of these bright stars are and some of the incredible things they’ve accomplished already.
Only a few months ago, Niemann was the #1 amateur in the world. After he turned pro following this years Masters, the 19-year old hasn’t looked back since.
After his T-5 finish this week at the Greenbriar, Niemann secured his Tour Card for next season. 19-year olds are not supposed to be on Tour, let alone constantly getting top ten in events! Every golf fan needs to keep an eye out for this teenager from Chile because he is really something special.
Last August, Redman won the US Amateur at Riviera as the 62-seed and a major underdog. It was a US Amateur for the ages as Redman capped off his win with a 40-footer for eagle. Redmond turned pro after the Masters and has been a consistent tour player ever since.
He’s made four out of six cuts and has shown that he can go real low firing a 64 at the Quicken Loans National. Doc is a proven competitor and he joined a distinguished group with the likes of Tiger and Jack with his win at the US Amateur.
My boy Doug the Longhorn was the US Amateur runner-up, the best college golfer in the nation this year, and the Low-Amateur at the Masters this Spring. You could say that’s an impressive resume for a 22-year old right out of college.
After turning pro following the US Open, Ghim has only played in four events on Tour with only two made cuts and with his lowest score a 68. To the naked eye, this isn’t too impressive of a start, but Doug has shown flashes of brilliance with his striking abilities and his consistent play off the tee. I believe that the pieces will fall into place shortly and that Doug is in for a great career.