Yes and his name is Bryson DeChambeau
Here's the scoop. The best finish by an amateur at the Masters was by Charlie Coe in 1961, Coe rallied in the final round from six shots down to finish one stroke behind Gary Player. Coe having never turned pro has an impressive resume when it comes to the Masters.
Coe made 19 Masters Tournament appearances and owns almost every Masters amateur record.
Most cuts made (15)
Top 24 finishes (9)
Top 10 finishes (3)
Rounds played (67)
Most times low amateur (6)
Coe won low amateur honors at Augusta in four consecutive decades: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
He also holds the amateur records for best finish (2nd in 1961)
Lowes third round score (67 in 1959)
Lowest 72-hole score (281 in 1961)
I think this is the year an amateur will win the Masters and that amateur is Bryson DeChambeau. The reigning U.S. Amateur Champion has the game for winning and has already played 11 rounds at Augusta. In fact he's played a practise round with Ben Crenshaw this past Sunday I'm sure soaking in Ben's knowledge of Augusta. ***Jordan Spieth did the same thing before his win last year.
Jim Nantz told Golf Digest, “It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see this young man contend. ...Bryson is the one who has the capacity to utterly change golf.”
I like the way Bryson carries himself and I like the fact he's a student of the game plus he's a bit quirky (named his clubs).
Bryson DeChambeau comes in at $6500 on Draft Kings so he'll be a popular pick for most Fantasy Golf picks for the Masters plus any Masters Pools.
We'll have to see what transpires but why not make a little more history this week at Augusta.