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Welcome to the third edition of our look back at the last 25 US Amateur golf champions. Last week we reviewed the champions between 1999 thru 2003. This week we will be taking a look at the champions from 2004 thru 2008 as we wind up for the 119th edition of the US Amateur beginning on August 12th at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.
Some very recognizable names in this addition, including PGA and Euro TOUR winners. Fun list this week with a boat load of career earnings, let’s jump in!
Career statistics are based on PGA TOUR results.
2004 – Ryan Moore
Course – Winged Foot G.C. (West Course)
Final Match Result – Defeated Luke List, 2 up
- Turned Pro – PGA TOUR 2005
- Top 10s – 67
- Wins – 5
- Earnings – $30,316,627
- Player Notes – Moore had one of the most impressive amateur season to date in 2004. In addition to the US Am, he won the Western Am, the US Am Pub Links and the individual NCAA Championship. Moore is part of a very prestigious list of only five players who have won the NCAA Championship and US Am in the same year. The list includes Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau. No surprise he won the Ben Hogan Award that year. Moore’s first PGA TOUR win came in 2009 and he is currently ranked 33rd on the TOUR’s all-time money list.
2005 – Edoardo Molinari
Course – Merion G.C. (East Course)
Final Match Result – Defeated Dillon Dougherty, 4 and 3
- Turned Pro – PGA TOUR 2006
- Top 10s – 2
- Wins – 0
- Earnings – $1,341,393
- Player Notes – Edoardo never made a huge splash on the PGA TOUR. After this past season, when brother Frankie went on a tear, he’s seems to just be Frankie’s older brother. However, Edoardo has had success on several worldwide tours including three wins on the European Tour. As the story goes, Frankie caddied for Eddie in the 2006 Masters when Eddie competed as the US Amateur champion.
2006 – Richie Ramsay
Course – Hazeltine National G.C.
Final Match Result – Defeated John Kelly, 4 and 2
- Turned Pro – PGA TOUR 2007
- Top 10s –
- Wins – 0
- Earnings – $737,744
- Player Notes – Ramsay became the first British golfer to win the US Am in nearly a century (Harry Hilton, 1911). Ramsay has made a total of only 19 starts on the PGA TOUR. He is currently enjoying success as a full time member of the European Tour. He has five worldwide professional wins including three on the Euro Tour. Ramsay’s last PGA start was at the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2017 where he finished T44.
2007 – Colt Knost
Course – The Olympic Club (Lake Course)
Final Match Result – Defeated Michael Thompson, 2 and 1
- Turned Pro – PGA TOUR 2009
- Top 10s – 0
- Wins – 9
- Earnings – $4,330,438
- Player Notes – Colt is known as one of the funniest and most enjoyable players to be around on tour. He was part of the famous 2007 Walker Cup that included players such as Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett from GB&I; the US team included Rickei Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Jamie Lovemark, Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley. Knost is currently on a major medical exemption and has made 10 starts on tour in 2019.
2008 – Danny Lee
Course – Pinehurst R. and C.C. (No. 2)
Final Match Result – Defeated Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4
- Turned Pro – PGA TOUR 2012
- Top 10s – 22
- Wins – 1
- Earnings – $11,372,286
- Player Notes – While Lee has only one PGA TOUR win at the 2015 Greenbrier Classic, he has enjoyed a successful PGA career thus far. He finished 6th on the Korn Ferry Tour money list in 2011 to earn his PGA TOUR card in 2012. He did not earn status for the 2013 TOUR but did have a successful year on the KFT, returned to the PGA TOUR in 2014 and has been there ever since. Lee has made the FedExCup Playoffs each season since 2014 and will be there again this year as he ranks 61st in FedExCup points heading into the last two official events before the playoffs begin.
US Amateur History
The US Amateur is the oldest and richest in history of all the USGA Championships. The research that goes into this is very enjoyable. It’s a true look at the history of the game. I hope you took something away from this third edition of US Amateur Golf Champions. Please check back next week for a look at the champions from 2009 thru 2013.
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