This is your weekly dose of Vanderbilt Golf, both pros and ams, where we take a look at last week’s result and the week’s upcoming tournaments.
John Augustein: Rising Junior, John Augustein set the amateur world on fire last weekend winning the Players Amateur Event presented by The Heritage Classic Foundation at the Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Okatie, South Carolina. Augustein shot 66-67-68-67 to win by four strokes. He made seven bogeys for the tournament and a pile (21!) of birdies. His win gives him an exemption into the 2019 RBC Heritage held at the Harbor Town course in Hilton Head, traditionally the week after the Masters.
Luke List: List found his form last week at the Scottish Open. Luke led after the first round with a 63 and ended up finishing T3 with rounds of 69-69-64, five shots off the -20 lead. List won over 300,000 pounds for his finish, which is a nice addition to the $2.5 million he has banked on the PGATour in 2018 already. List is 23rd in the FEDEXCup points.
List is a sneaky good pick for the Open Championship at 150/1 odds. His T3 finish is at the Scottish Open against a pretty stacked field shows his game is adaptable to links style courses. Additionally, the Scottish courses have been under severe heat and are baked out. Since List played well last week, he could string together four good rounds for contention in the Major, where other world class players struggle on such unique terrain.
Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker is playing in the Open Championship this week, as well. He’s still 87th in FEDEXCup points and 89th in OWGR. His odds are better than List’s though, at 100/1. Snedeker ranks 39th and 37th in strokes gained putting and around the green, respectively. With Carnoustie (aka Carnasty) playing extremely firm and fast, strokes gained off the tee and tee to green will mitigate advantages for elite ball strikers. If Snedeker can convert on and around the green, he will be in contention through the weekend.
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