The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship begins Saturday in Washington.
The stroke-play rounds can be contested Saturday-Sunday at Chambers Bay in University Place and The Home Course in DuPont. Match play will start Monday at Chambers Bay with the highest 32 groups advancing out of stroke play. The 18-hole last can be contested subsequent Wednesday.
The area is full of previous USGA champions, present school standouts and high juniors. Also, Joe Greiner, Max Homa’s common caddie on the PGA Tour, will staff up with Johnny MacArthur, who performed school golf at Pepperdine and graduated in 2013. That implies that Greiner will miss this week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah.
But don’t be concerned, Homa followers. Homa may have veteran Jim “Bones” Mackay on the bag as a substitute.
“I’m imagining that Joe was a bit freaked out because now I didn’t have a caddie for a major,” Homa informed co-host Shane Bacon on their Get a Grip podcast. Homa later added, talking of Mackay, “Bones is one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around. … I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddieing and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that, but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones who is, quote unquote, a real caddie. Joe has learned his way into this; not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever. He’s been on the bag for a bunch of majors, major champions, he’s just kind of seen it all: Ryder Cups, Presidents Cups. He’s just probably one of the best minds in golf.”
Here are another notables groups for this yr’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball:
Derek Busby and Stewart Hagestad
Busby is at the moment No. 216 within the World Amateur Golf Ranking whereas Hagestad is coming off his third straight profitable Walker Cup look. Hagestad, the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, is without doubt one of the most embellished mid-amateurs in a long time and is at the moment ranked 17th in WAGR.
Nathan Smith and Todd White
The inaugural winners of this occasion, in 2015 at Olympic Club, Smith and White loved a while as spectators on the latest Walker Cup at Seminole. They are each Walker Cup rivals, too, with Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, taking part in three, his final coming in 2013.
Luke Potter and Preston Summerhays
The future Arizona State teammates have been finalists final winter on the Maridoe Amateur, the place Potter beat Summerhays for the title.
Frankie Capan and Ben Wong
The present school gamers received the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Pinehurst. Capan’s season with Florida Gulf Coast ended with a second-place end at convention whereas Wong didn’t make the postseason lineup for SMU.
Michael Thorbjornsen and Karl Vilips
The Stanford freshmen will arrive at Chambers Bay after competing within the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. They have struggled this spring, although, combining for only one top-10 end. Thorbjornsen already owns a USGA title, having received the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2018 at Baltusrol.
Kelly Chinn and David Ford
Arguably one of the best two gamers within the 2021 class, Chinn will begin at Duke this fall whereas Ford, twin of fellow competitor Maxwell Ford, is signed with North Carolina.
Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell
The defending champs, Harvey, the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and 2015 Walker Cupper, and Mitchell teamed to win at Bandon Dunes in 2019.
Michael Wilhelm and Danny Woodhead
Wilhelm is a former school participant at Queens University. Woodhead performed for 10 years within the NFL, totaling practically 6,000 dashing and receiving yards and 32 touchdowns.
Ben Baxter and Andrew Buchanan
The former SMU teammates received the second U.S. Amateur Four-Ball title, in 2016 at Winged Foot.
Davis Chatfield and Palmer Jackson
With the NCAA Stillwater Regional possible ending a day early due to climate, the Notre Dame teammates will get an additional day to organize for this occasion. Chatfield and Jackson are the Irish’s high two main scorers and have mixed for six top-25s this spring.
Maxwell Ford and Bruce Murphy
Ford is the dual of fellow competitor David Ford and is signed to play at Georgia starting this fall. Murphy is a Class of 2022 participant from Johns Creek, Georgia, and is verbally dedicated to Tennessee.
Luke Kluver and Hank Lierz
This Kansas freshmen duo contains Kluver, one of many high gamers within the Big 12 who will wrap up NCAA regional play on Wednesday in Florida, and Lierz, who has performed only one school match in his profession.
Carson Barry and Sam Tidd
Barry is a junior at Oregon State and one of many Beavers’ high gamers whereas Tidd transferred to Utah and logged three rounds as a redshirt freshman this season.