High school student Megha Ganne climbed into contention at the U.S. Women's Open and finished as the low amateur. Photo: Sean M. Haffey, Getty Images
Each year, the memorable images at the highest level of amateur golf tell a story. The story in 2021 is that the depth of ridiculously talented individuals has perhaps never reached a level quite like this. While amateur golf still has its standout players, the overall sentiment is that the window between the great and good has shrunk considerably.
Start with the darlings in major championships. In past years, we have often seen at least one or two dominant amateurs announce their arrival with a terrific performance on a bright stage. On the men’s side, we’re thinking along the lines of Viktor Hovland (2019 Masters and U.S. Open), Jon Rahm (2016 U.S. Open), Bryson DeChambeau (2016 Masters) or Patrick Cantlay (2011 U.S. Open and 2012 Masters). On the women’s side, there have been great amateurs like Hye-Jin Choi (2016 and 2017 U.S. Women’s Open) and Patty Tavatanakit (2018 U.S. Wome...
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