2014 Masters: Six amateurs to know

2014 Masters: Six amateurs to know
April 8, 2014, 11:15 am
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On January 1, 2014, Mattew Fitzpatrick dopped out of Northwestern to pursue golf full-time. (AP)

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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.

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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.

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