What is the Low Amateur honors award that Neal Shipley won? All you need to know

U.S. Open - Final Round
Neal Shipley at the U.S. Open - Final Round

Neal Shipley won the Low Amateur Honors award at the 2024 US Open for his incredible performance at Pinehurst Golf Course No.2. Apart from the PGA Championship, all three majors invite top amateur golfers to compete along with professionals.

As the name suggests, the Low Amateur Honors award is given to the amateur golfer with the lowest score in the field, provided he makes the 36-hole cut. Hence, the Low Amateur Honors award is usually given in all three Major Championship events apart from the PGA Championship.

This year, Neal Shipley won the Low Amateur Honors award in both The Masters and the U.S. Open 2024, becoming only the sixth golfer in history to achieve this incredible feat.

Shipley finished T53 at the Masters and T26 at the US Open, making him the highest-ranked amateur golfer in the field with a score of +12 and +2, respectively. The 23-year-old golfer has now joined the elite list of golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Viktor Hovland.

Neal Shipley wins the Low Amateur Honors Award at the U.S. Open 2024
Neal Shipley wins the Low Amateur Honors Award at the U.S. Open 2024

Previously, Ken Venturi (1956), Jack Nicklaus (1960), Phil Mickelson (1991), Matt Kuchar (1998), and Viktor Hovland (2019) have won the Low Amateur Honors award at Masters and US Open in the same year.

As Neal Shipley turns pro this week, he has joined this elite list, and it is needless to mention the trajectory of their careers as professional golfers. Hence, Shipley will hope to follow a similar trajectory and join the PGA Tour soon.


Neal Shipley believes it is an honor to win this award at Pinehurst.

The 23-year-old Neal Shipley carded +2 on a challenging Pinehurst Golf Course No.2. Many top golfers struggled with their performance this week and missed the cut. However, an amateur golfer, Shipley showcased some incredible skills to finish T26 this week.

Hence, he feels honored to win The Low Amateur Honors Award at Pinehurst during the US Open 2024. Shipley said (via pgatour.com)

“It’s really an honor to win the low amateur here, and especially at Pinehurst.”

Moreover, Shipley said that three or four years ago, he had never imagined achieving something like this and believes he has checked all the boxes as an amateur.

"It’s something that maybe three or four years ago I didn’t think was possible. And to accomplish all of this has just been phenomenal, just the stuff of dreams really. As an amateur, to do everything I have done. I think I have checked all the boxes now,” Shipley claimed.

Meanwhile, this was Neal Shipley's last week as an amateur. He has decided to turn pro as he heads to western Canada for his debut in the PGA Tour Americas next week.

Edited by Shirsh
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