Aschim Joensuu celebrates his two-year-old win

Written by Staff Writer Written by Staff Writer By Micheal Cohen, CNN Written by Staff Writer U.S. Golf Association (USGA) Executive Director Mike Davis was among those present at Glen Oaks Country Club in…

Aschim Joensuu celebrates his two-year-old win

Written by Staff Writer

Written by Staff Writer

By Micheal Cohen, CNN Written by Staff Writer

U.S. Golf Association (USGA) Executive Director Mike Davis was among those present at Glen Oaks Country Club in New York this week when Dustin Johnson, 22 years old, became the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur Championship.

The event is often seen as a precocious pretender’s scrap, but just as The Senior Open provided the backdrop for a stellar Scott McCarron victory in 2013, the Senior Open became the birth-place of the golf careers of many of this year’s Ryder Cup Team.

McCarron, who won The Senior Open in 1998, had already amassed an impressive array of international medals as a member of the PGA Tour and Order of Merit with victories in Dubai, Fiji and South Africa. He arrived in Scotland in September 1991 with a form book that suggested success at the Ryder Cup might not be too far away.

It wasn’t long before his current Europe Captain Thomas Bjorn gave him an assurance that would light up his week.

“Thomas Bjorn said ‘I know who you are, I know who you are, my name is Tom Watson, and I’ve played in the Ryder Cup two or three times.’ It was an amazing boost for me,” McCarron said after the tournament.

Johnson, meanwhile, joined Tom Kite and Nick Price as the only Americans to win the U.S. Amateur when he duly won his own title four years later in 2006.

He was now eligible to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in 2008 and 2011, and, after the Ryder Cup in 2012, he was named captain’s pick for the winning side at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Now he’s looking to claim his third major in as many attempts at the 2019 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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