Celebrated amateur Ryan Moore has apparently decided to go pro after the US Open. He has accepted a spot at the Barclays Classic on June 20 – 26.
After winning the U.S. Amateur, the NCAA championship, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, the Western Amateur and the Sahalee Players Championship, there isn’t much left for him to do.
Still, I keep hoping—unrealistically and selfishly—that one of these top amateurs would remain so. If a player could keep his amateur status and somehow still manage to practice and play—and occasionally win—he would cement his place in history. A victory at a Major as an amateur would guarantee that the guy would never be forgotten.
But there is no doubt that the money is too big a lure. And there probably is no chance at all that an amateur could win a tour event—let alone a major—given the constraints of time that having a real job would entail.