Could have made his Open debut at Carnoustie last year as US Amateur champion, but decided to turn professional. That debut comes now thanks to his runner-up finish behind Nate Lashley on June 30 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, part of The Open Qualifying Series with two spots up for grabs.
He entered the event down at 711th on the world rankings and produced a 62 in the Monday qualifying event to make it into just his second PGA Tour start this season. Was only 70th on the amateur world rankings when he teed off at Riviera in 2017, reaching the 64-man match play stages only by surviving a 13-man play-off for the last eight spots and then coming back from two down with two to play in the 36-hole final against Doug Ghim.
The Clemson University mathematical science student made a 60-foot eagle putt on the penultimate green, a nine-footer to force sudden death and won with a conceded birdie on the first extra hole. Was then part of the American Walker Cup team which beat Britain and Ireland 19-7, although he lost all his three games. Doc is his given name, not a nickname.