US Open Amateurs Set For Thrilling Final Day Showdown

Neal Shipley and Luke Clanton are set up for an intriguing battle for low amateur honors at the US Open, with both four-over-par heading into the final day

Neal Shipley and Luke Clanton strikes iron shots and watch their flight
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The US Open is set up for an epic ending, with a number of huge players in contention at the third men's Major of 2024. However, it's not just the top of the leaderboard where it's tight as, lower down the board, there is the small matter of low amateur honors...

Neal Shipley, Luke Clanton and Gunnar Broin were the only three amateurs to make the cut at Pinehurst No.2 and, going into Sunday, it's Shipley and Clanton who are set up for an epic conclusion in North Carolina.

Firing rounds of 76, 69 and 69, Clanton is four-over-par and one of only a handful of players to have fired two under-par days at the treacherous and tough layout.

Why is this set up so nicely then? Well, Shipley produced rounds of 70, 73 and 71 to also sit at four-over, with there being a high chance that the American pair will tee off together on the final round of the US Open on Sunday. 

In 2024, Shipley has already claimed low amateur victories at the Masters, with the 22-year-old set to turn professional after the conclusion of the US Open.  He secured his PGA Tour Americas card following a 9-for-1 playoff the week prior to the Major tournament.

Neal Shipley strikes a tee shot and watches its flight

Shipley during the second round of the US Open

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In regards to Clanton, he is the fifth-ranked amateur in the world, with the Florida State University Sophomore holding the lowest single-season scoring average in the college's history at 69.33.

He is also a 2024 Division I First-Team All-American and was the finalist of the Jack Nicklaus award, which has been won by the likes of Ludvig Aberg, who actually led the US Open going into the weekend.

Along with the two amateurs, there is also Broin, but it's unlikely to be the American's day, as he sits at the bottom of the leaderboard at 14-over-par, some ten shots back of his amateur counterparts.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

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Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

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