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(via Golf Channel) The selection process for any team competition, at any level, always generates controversy, but rarely is the oversight this egregious.
It seems like every time a golf team is selected or announced, there is always a major controversy around it: Paula Creamer getting left off the Solheim Cup team this year (eventually made the team as an alternate), Bubba Watson being left off the Ryder Cup team last year (deserved because he STUNK last year), and if Phil doesn’t get a captain’s pick for the President’s Cup team in a few weeks. However, this snub of Sam Burns might be the most egregious I have seen in a while.
Burns, on all accounts, had a fantastic year for an amateur. He won the Jack Nicklaus award this year, given out annually to the best college golfer. He then followed that up with a T6 at the Barbasol championship, which would have earned him a cool $113,000 if he decided to turn pro in June. But he did not. And why did he do that? TO PLAY IN THE WALKER CUP!
So let me get this straight: you have the best player in college golf, who already has a top 10 on a PGA tour event, finished in the top 64 at the US Amateur, and stayed an amateur so that he could play in this specific tournament. And what does the USGA do to him? Screw him sideways. It is absolutely unbelievable that the USGA did not name Burns to the Walker Cup. After all of his accomplishments, he is NOT chosen to this team because of what looks like his US Amateur finish.
So yeah, I am won of the people that is currently mad online at this decision. I will not back down until Sam Burns gets named as an alternate and is allowed to play. Until then, I am OUT on the Walker Cup (though I will probably, begrudgingly blog about it).