PEBBLE BEACH — Stanford’s Brandon Wu sat amongst golf’s largest names excessive on the U.S. Open leaderboard throughout Friday’s second spherical at Pebble Seaside.
Wu, after posting a 2-under 69, is the low novice coming into Saturday. He’s tied for 19th with such firm as Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk, however as soon as he birdied 4 of his first 10 holes Friday, his 4-under whole briefly had him tied for fifth.
Wu is the chief of a Stanford alumni pack together with Tiger Woods (even-par) and Joseph Bramlett (3-over par; missed reduce).
Nonetheless Wu finishes his first U.S. Open, it possible gained’t be his final. He’s conquered a exceptional, whirlwind schedule of high-stakes motion forward of Pebble Seaside.
Might 24-29: Shut his senior yr by serving to Stanford win the NCAA Championship in Fayetville, Arkansas.
Might 30: Ship his remaining presentation at Stanford in his main — product design.
June 3: Qualify for the U.S. Open at a sectional in Columbus, Ohio.
June 7-8: Symbolize Crew USA within the Palmer Cup in Roland, Arkansas.
Wu, 22, moved from Danville to Beijing when he was 8, and 5 years later, he returned to the USA and attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts earlier than coming to Stanford.
He completed his opening spherical Thursday with 13 straight pars, strikingly just like Woods, who ended with 11 consecutive pars.
Beginning Friday’s second spherical off the more durable back-nine, Wu acquired encouragement from Stanford coach Conrad Ray, who’s on website as a SiriusXM Radio evaluation and likewise pulling for his fellow Cardinal.
“I sort of instructed (Wu) right now once we noticed him, ‘If you will get by the primary 5 – 6 holes, you will get going a little bit bit,” Ray mentioned.
The reverse occurred. Wu birdied three of his first six holes. He acquired derailed with a double bogey on No. 2, and a bogey on No. 3. A birdie on No. Four put him in a 17th-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and others.
Ray, who performed for Stanford’s 1994 nationwide champions and was Woods’ teammate the next two years, wasn’t shocked how Wu blended in with the professionals early on at Pebble Seaside.
Mentioned Ray: “A man like Brandon, the easiest way to place it, we have now guys that go play professional golf and don’t know a lot about professional golf when it comes to who the gamers are and statistics. Brandon is a sports activities fan and actually is aware of what Rory is as much as, for instance.”
A yr in the past, Wu was an alternate on the U.S. Open at Shinnecock, so he spent the week there studying the professional ropes and working towards, together with taking part in 9 holes with Justin Rose, who’s been main this match. Wu has a cause for not turning professional simply but.
Wu’s quest is to play within the Walker Cup this summer time at Royal Liverpool in England. Mentioned Ray: “He’s hopefully on his manner and off to a superb begin.”