Rebel Golfer Braden Thornberry Prepares for 2018 U.S. Open

Braden Thornberry sets his sights on the U.S. Open field. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.

Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry will make his major championship debut this weekend at the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Thornberry will take to the links Thursday at 1:09 p.m. CT.

Thornberry will be paired with professionals Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker, who have a combined 13 career wins on the PGA Tour. Brandt Snedeker is the brother of Haymes Snedeker, a four-year letterman for the Rebels (1996-99) and first-team All-SEC honoree as a senior. The group will tee off Friday morning at 7:24 a.m CT on the No. 10 hole.

“The preparation for this week has gone great so far,” Thornberry said. “To learn from some of the guys that have played with me has been a big help. The golf course sets up well for me, and the goal is to be right in the mix on Sunday.”

Last week, the Olive Branch, Mississippi native finished tied for 26th at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic. He made his third cut in just four career PGA Tour events.

Thornberry is currently the No. 2 amateur in the world, according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He will be one of 20 amateurs in the 2018 U.S. Open field.

As an amateur, Thornberry has played in five professional golf tournaments. He made his PGA Tour debut at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic, placing fourth for the best finish by an amateur at the event since 1965. Along with playing in the FedEx St. Jude twice, Thornberry also competed in the 2017 Greenbrier Classic as the winner of the 2017 Fred Haskins Award (the award denotes the nation’s top collegiate golfer).

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