Sammy Schmitz won the 2015 USGA Mid-Amateur in stunning fashion at John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida.
USGA/Chris Keane
By Sean Zak
Thursday, March 03, 2016

The best professional golfers in the world, as well as some talented amateurs, take on Augusta National five weeks from Thursday, and one of those amateurs is Sammy Schmitz.

Schmitz won the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship in October in incredible fashion, making an ace on the par-4 15th en route to a 3&2 victory in the championship match.

He is prepping for the first PGA Tour event of his life, and he's taking it very seriously. His goal? Be the first mid-am to make the cut. As he learned during his one trip to Augusta National already, this course is unlike any other.

Listen to the podcast below to hear about his impressions of Augusta, how he's preparing for the tournament and why he wants to play with Jordan Spieth more than anyone else.

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Erik Compton on horrible conditions at Torrey Pines and why he considered playing for Norway in the Olympics.

Hank Haney on Greg Norman's exit from FOX and coaching Tiger at his peak.

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