Oliver Goss playing for pay in Hartford
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Travelers Championship | 17 Jun 2014
West Australian Oliver Goss turns professional this week and as a result of the record he has established as one of Australia’s and the world’s leading amateurs he already has a start in the next three PGA Tour events beginning this week at the Travelers Championship in Hartford.
The long hitting Goss has already won a professional event, that coming when successful in a playoff over his fellow West Australian amateur, Brady Watt, at the 2012 West Australian Open at Royal Perth and has also made the cut at the Perth International, the Talisker Masters and of course at this year’s Masters where he led the amateurs and made the cut.
He is a former West Australian Amateur Champion and in 2012 finished 3rd behind Guan Tianlang at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand and made the Quarter Finals of the US Amateur earlier that year.
Goss has been one of the stars during his time at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville but it was his performance in finishing runner-up at last year’s US Amateur Championship that elevated his status and profile in world golf, that finish earning him starts at Augusta National and at the US Open at Pinehurst last week.
His effort at Augusta on debut was particularly impressive, being the only amateur to make the cut, although the man who defeated him at the US Amateur, Matthew Fitzpatrick, turned the tables at Pinehurst when he led the amateurs before announcing that he too would turn professional.
Goss played well early at Pinehurst opening with a round of 71 before a second round struggle saw him well and truly miss the cut.
The timing of the 20 year old’s decision to turn professional is understandable as there is a window of opportunity now available to him because of his deeds and profile where his presence in tournaments will make him a marketable commodity for tournaments looking for an angle to promote their events.
Goss has a maximum of seven invites available to him this season in order to earn the necessary money to place him inside the top 125 on the money list and gain exemption for 2015. Given his current profile those starts should be forthcoming.
If he is unable to do so then he will be required to go through the recently introduced Web.Com Tour qualifying system and pay his dues there before accessing the PGA Tour.
Goss will be managed by the same company who look after the affairs of the likes of Jason Day and Marc Leishman.