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SUMMER 2018

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S o, what's up, Doc? For Doc Redman, plenty. Since last August, when the sophomore All-America golfer from Clemson University won the U.S. Amateur with a memorable eagle-birdie- birdie finish at Los Angeles' Riviera Coun- try Club, Redman's life has been a whirlwind, what with all the spoils afforded the winner of the prestigious title. First came the Walker Cup, then the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That was followed by the Masters, then a week at the RBC Heritage. Then, following the NCAA Championships, the decision to leave Clemson and play at The Memorial as a professional. "He's really about to broaden his golf horizons," Clemson golf coach Larry Penley says of Redman, who joined 1989 champion Chris Patton as only the second Clemson player to win the U.S. Amateur. "Thank God he's a great student." He's aced the recent tee-to-green por- tion of his education as well. Redman made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, becoming the first active Clemson golfer to make the cut at a PGA Tour event in 28 years. After missing the Masters cut by four shots, Redman bounced back with a relaxed yet solid showing at the RBC Her- itage at Hilton Head Island the following week, finishing 50th with a one-under 282. "I didn't do much Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at Heritage," Redman says. "I felt like I'd already done my preparation. That's how pro golf is – you've got to man- age your time and make sure you don't get worn out. "That was only two weeks in a row (for me) – and some of those guys play three, four, five weeks in a row. It's important that you are consistent day-in and day-out so that your bad days are much better, and so your good days carry you up toward the top of the leaderboard." It was Redman's first experience at Augusta National that left the most lasting impression. "It's such an awesome event – hallowed grounds, the crowd, such support," says Redman, who was paired with defending M asters champion Sergio Garcia and reign- ing PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas. "It's definitely a big goal of mine now to get back there." Given his successes, that goal was achieved sooner rather than later. Following the NCAA Championships, Redman was ready to turn pro, and chose to make his pro- fessional debut at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament – where he had earned an invitation based on his U.S. Amateur win. "I never thought I'd be making a deci- sion like this now," Redman says. "It was always just (the goal to) go to college for four years and see how you're playing at the end of it, and go from there. But it's great to be in this position, because it means that I've played well and that I have prospects for pro golf." Not that he didn't enjoy life as an amateur. Redman had a solid sophomore season with his Clemson teammates, espe- cially at the ACC Championship at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Redman set a Clemson record with his 14-under 202 at the event. He finished second individually, help- ing the Tigers to a runner-up team finish with his final-round 66. "There can be a tendency to let down after you play in the Masters, but Doc is a special person," Penley says. "He showed that in this tournament." And likely for years to come, regardless of when his status changes. "I never really got anywhere on the weekends (of the PGA Tour events), which was disappointing," Redman says. "But I feel like I can compete with them. If I continue to practice and improve, I'm confident I can hold my own out there." ■ Scott Keepfer is in his 29th year at The Greenville (S.C.) News, where he covers Clemson University athletics. He was recently named S.C. Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. P RO F I L E Doc Redman's impressive young career has included an appearance at the Masters, meeting President George W. Bush and winning the U.S. Amateur. Redmanis Ready After last year's U.S. Amateur victory, Clemson's Doc Redman enjoyed his sophomore season before turning pro at the Memorial Tournament BY SCOTT KEEPFER USGA 18 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8

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