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Here are the amateurs who have won a PGA Tour event, including Phil

Here are the amateurs who have won a PGA Tour event, including Phil

Nick Dunlap has a chance to do something special this weekend.

The 20-year-old sophomore at Alabama is tied for third and two shots back of leader Sam Burns at the PGA Tour’s American Express in La Quinta, California, after two rounds. The tournament normally doesn’t give exemptions to amateurs, but Dunlap is no regular amateur.

Last summer, he won the U.S. Amateur, becoming the second player ever to win a U.S. Junior and U.S. Amateur. The other? Tiger Woods.

Only seven amateurs have ever won a PGA Tour event (none since 1991), and the last am to finish in the top five was Michael Thorbjornsen at the 2022 Travelers Championship.

Here’s a look at the seven amateurs who have won PGA Tour events.

Cary Middlehoff

The first amateur to win an event on Tour was Middlehoff, who captured the 1945 North and South Open. He went on to win the Masters.

American golfer Fred Haas, playing out of a bunker during the Ryder Cup at Wentworth, Surrey. (Photo by Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)

That same year, Haas became the second am to win on Tour, capturing the 1945 Memphis Invitational. He eventually represented the U.S. in the Ryder Cup.

American golfer Frank Stranahan playing a shot on the tenth during the Open Golf Championship at Sandwith. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images)

Frank Stranahan is the only amateur to win multiple times, claiming titles at the 1945 Durham War Bond Tournament and the 1948 Miami Open. He was also a powerlifter known as the “Toledo strongman.”

Gene Littler drives a ball during the FHP Health Care Classic held at Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club in Ojai, California.,Mandatory Credit: Jon Cuban /Allsport

Littler was the next, winning the 1954 San Diego Open. He’s in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Doug Sanders in action during the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY NETWORK

Doug Sanders followed suit in 1956, winning the Canadian Open in a playoff. He won 20 Tour events and had four runner-up finishes in majors.

Scott Verplank hits a shot during the second round of the Advil Western Open July 5, 2002 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. (Photo By Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Before his senior year at Oklahoma State,…


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