November 30, 2008

23 Am Winners

U.S. Amateur winner Danny Lee.

U.S. Amateur winner Danny Lee.

Neither New Zealand's Danny Lee nor America's Amanda Blumenherst let the favorite's label weigh them down while winning the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur titles. Both used it, instead, to fuel their confidence and fashion their legacy. 2008 NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR • #25-Paul Goydos-A profile of the journeyman • #24-Olympics and Golf • #23-Amateur Winners • #22-George O'Grady • #21-Drug Testing • #1-The Tiger-Rocco U.S. Open Playoff Fresh off a victory at the Western Amateur, Lee channeled his inner putter boy, finding the hole from all distances on Pinehurst No. 2's fabled greens. By week's end, the 18-year-old hadn't just made his ball disappear, but also Tiger Woods' claim as the Havemeyer Trophy's youngest recipient. After losing in the event's final a year earlier, Blumenherst, 22, earned something at Oregon's Eugene CC that three college player-of-the-year awards at Duke hadn't yet provided: a singular triumph on the game's biggest stage.