Beginner golf’s ‘FedExCup Playoffs’ kick off at Pinehurst
After months of restricted enjoying alternatives, issues are about to get busy for the highest amateurs within the recreation.
Although many worldwide gamers stay restricted by journey restrictions associated to the COVID-19 pandemic, for these gamers within the U.S., a month-and-a-half-long stretch of elite beginner tournaments begins Tuesday at Pinehurst.
Consider it as beginner golf’s model of the FedExCup Playoffs, with 4 high-profile occasions setting the stage for the U.S. Beginner at Bandon Dunes in mid-August.
The North and South Beginner will characteristic two of the world’s top-10 gamers, Georgia’s Davis Thompson (4) and Texas’ Cole Hammer (7), in addition to defending champion Cooper Dossey of Baylor and two semifinalists from final 12 months’s U.S. Beginner at Pinehurst, William Holcomb and Cohen Trolio.
The North and South has the same format to the U.S. Beginner, with two rounds of stroke play being performed on Nos. 2 and 4. Thirty-two gamers will advance to match play with the ultimate being held Saturday on No. 2.
BY Brentley Romine
— June 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM
The USGA introduced Monday that each 2020 beginner championships will likely be performed with smaller fields, no followers and several other new exemption classes.
An additional carat for this 12 months’s finalists is a ticket to Bandon Dunes. With the USGA canceling qualifying for this 12 months’s championship, a number of beginner tournaments, together with the North and South, have been added to the exemption standards. The winner and runner(s)-up of the next occasions will likely be exempt for the U.S. Am:
North and South Beginner, Tuesday-Saturday, Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort (Nos. 2 and 4)
Southern Beginner, July 15-18, Maridoe Golf Membership, Carrollton, Texas
Sunnehanna Beginner, July 21-24, Sunnehanna Nation Membership, Johnstown, Pa.
Western Beginner, July 28-Aug. 1, Crooked Stick Golf Membership, Carmel, Ind.
Every of those 4 occasions are anticipating their strongest fields ever.
Different notables on this week’s area embody Alabama’s Canon Claycomb, who’s coming off a victory on the Rice Planters Beginner; SMU’s Noah Goodwin, a previous U.S. Junior champ; Thompson’s Georgia teammate Spencer Ralston; Hammer’s Texas teammate Travis Vick; and reigning AJGA Participant of the Yr Maxwell Moldovan, who begins his freshman 12 months at Ohio State this fall.
Whereas all of those aforementioned gamers are already exempt into the U.S. Beginner at Bandon due to new exemption classes equivalent to the highest 225 in WAGR and all Spherical of 64 qualifiers from final 12 months’s U.S. Am, there will likely be dozens of gamers every week who will likely be vying to punch their tickets to Bandon, together with Clemson’s Turke Pettit this week. Pettit, at No. 226 in WAGR, simply missed the cutoff.