Cole Hammer

The Houston, Texas, native will play in his third U.S. Open, getting into the field as the first alternate from the Columbus, Ohio, final qualifier. Hammer, a member of the 2021 victorious USA Walker Cup Team, had lost out in a 5-for-4 playoff for the final spots. Hammer played in last year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot as the winner of the 2019 McCormack Medal for being the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Hammer burst onto the scene in 2015 when he became the third-youngest competitor in U.S. Open history at 15 years, 9 months and 21 days. He shot rounds of 77-84 to miss the cut at Chambers Bay. But ever since that moment, Hammer has enjoyed a decorated junior/amateur career. Hammer and partner Garrett Barber won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Jupiter Hills Club. Prior to enrolling at the University of Texas, he represented the USA on the 2017 Junior Presidents Cup Team. In 2018, he won the Azalea Amateur and Western Amateur, and advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links and U.S. Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club. He also helped the USA to a second-place finish in the World Amateur Team Championship in the Republic of Ireland. In 2019, he helped the USA retain the Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, and also represented the USA in the Palmer Cup. The rising University of Texas senior also helped the Longhorns finish as the runner-up in the 2019 NCAA Championship. He will compete in the 2021 U.S. Open with Texas and 2021 Walker Cup teammate Pierceson Coody.

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