Jamie Lovemark's selection to the U.S. Walker Cup team Monday proved to be a timely mulligan for the 2007 college player of the year. Lovemark, a rising sophomore at USC, had failed to file an entry to play in this month's U.S. Amateur (he was exempt from qualifying by winning the NCAA individual title in June). The USGA announced this week it was exempting all players named to the Walker Cup squad into this year's Amateur, filing blank entries for them. The USGA traditionally exempts playing members of the Walker Cup from the previous two matches.
Of the eight American Walker Cup players named Monday, Lovemark, Billy Horschel and Dustin Johnson were not already in the field at Olympic Club in San Francisco. Johnson made it through sectional qualifying Monday in Michigan (the first alternate, Manuel Villegas, will take his spot).