Amateurs at the 2019 U.S Open, Will Any of Them Contend? PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Photo by Idris Evans


Pebble Beach, California - With all of the attention this week on Brooks

Koepka, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and

the rest of the 156 man field, can any of the amateurs who qualified

to play at Pebble Beach seriously contend ? Maybe, but unlikely is the easy

response. 2019 marks the 7th consecutive year that 10 or more Amateurs

made it through to the championship. Last year 20 Amateurs qualified to

play at Shinnecock Hills.

There were 9,125 entries into 2019 U.S Open qualifying, and 16 that

aced the examination of local & regional qualifiers to reach the Monterey

Peninsula. Here's the the list of Amateurs playing at Pebble.

1 Viktor Hovland - 2018 U.S Am Champion

2 Jovan Rebula - 2018 British Am Champion

3 Matt Parziale - 2017 U.S Mid Am Champion

4 Luis Gagne - LSU Senior qualified at Streamsong

5 Stuart Hagestad - 2016 U.S Mid Am Champion

6 Michael Thorbjornsen - 2018 Junior Am Champion

7 Kevin O'Connell - 2018 U.S Mid Am Champion

8 Brandon Wu - helped lead Stanford to NCAA title

9 Chun An Yu - finished 3rd in NCAA Championship

10 Austin Eckroat - finished 8th in NCAA Championship

11 Chandler Eaton - (Duke)

12 Noah Norton - (Georgia Tech)

13 Spencer Tibbits - (Oklahoma State)

14 Cameron Young (Wake Forest)

15 Devon Bling - 2018 U.S Am Runner up (Junior UCLA)

16 Daniel Hillier - Co-Medalist (stroke play) in 2018 U.S Am

Our prognostication narrows it down to three Ams that can actually

make waves against the best in world at Pebble. Viktor Hovland,

Stuart Hagestad and Matt Parziale are all worthy based on form

and or past experience playing with the very best in the world.

Although Viktor Hovland has little experience vs the tour's best, he

has dominated the best in college golf. A senior to be at OSU this fall,

Hovland won the Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate golfer. The

Norwegian was the low Amateur at this year's Masters finishing tied

for 32nd. Keep in mind Hovland won his U.S Amateur here on Pebble

Beach Links. We'll be very surprised if Hovland - who is the no.1

amateur in the world, doesn't post an impressive showing.

Stuart Hagestad who won the 2016 U.S Mid Am, also was the low

amateur at the 2017 Masters and a member of the winning Walker

Cup team that same year. Hagestad plays the elite Am circuit and

has plenty seasoning to be sneaky here on a track that doesn't cater

to the bombers.

Matt Parziale, known as the firefighter from Brockton, Massachusetts.

The 32 year old has made the most of his tour starts - most recently,

he finished 48th at last year's U.S Open at Shinnecock Hills. Pebble Beach

will be Parziale's 14th USGA Championship.


Amateurs in Recent U.S. Opens

Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher

2019                    16


2018                    20                                    3                             Luis Gagne, Matt Parziale, 48th (tie)

2017                    14                                    2                             Scottie Scheffler, 27th (tie)


2016                    11                                    1                             Jon Rahm, 23rd (tie)


2015                    16                                    6                             Brian Campbell, 27th (tie)


2014                    12                                    1                             Matthew Fitzpatrick, 48th (tie)



2013                    10                                    4                             Michael Kim, 17th (tie)


2012                      8                                    3                             Jordan Spieth, 21st (tie)


2011                    12                                    3                             Patrick Cantlay, 21st (tie)