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Amateur hour is upon us

With so much young golf talent emerging, an amateur soon could end 9-decade drought in major championships, reader contends

The last amateur to win a major championship was Johnny Goodman, at the 1933 U.S. Open. Bobby Jones had won the U.S. and British opens three years earlier to go with his victories in the U.S. and British amateurs and complete what was then the Grand Slam. Almost 90 years has passed since Goodman’s victory, and it has been the accepted wisdom since that no amateur is likely to win a major title. 

Or maybe not. The kids coming out on the PGA Tour are younger and better than ever, and they show no fear. They are winning early and often. We are more likely to see an amateur win one of the three majors open to them than at any time since 1933. What a great moment that would be for golf. And if I could pick, it would be at the Masters, but I'll take either of the opens, too. 

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

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