Wu Wonders Now Of A Royal Portrush Practice Round With Woods

Just weeks after teeing-up in a first U.S. Open and 22-year old American Amateur amateur sensation, Brandon Wu is headed to a first Open Championship after storming his way to leading qualifier at a Final Qualifier at the Fairmont Resort in Scotland.

Wu posted scores of 64 and 67 for a nine-under par tally in bright but breezy conditions on an 18-hole combination over the two courses to the east of the St. Andrews.

The current World No. 5 ranked amateur managed seven birdies and just one dropped shot over his morning round to be leading the then 72-player field by three shots and then cemented his place into a first Open with a second round that included four birdies and one bogey.

Three Open qualifiers following Final Qualifying at the Fairmont Resort – Scotland’s Sam Locke and Connor Syme, and on the right American Brandon Wu. (Photo @tourmiss)

“It’s been a tremendous week as I got off the plane and played Lundin Links then the Old Course on Friday,” said Wu.

“I did the Muirfield experience on Saturday, playing 36 holes there, then played North Berwick on Sunday.

“I think it’ll been cool to see the differnces between the two (US Open and Open) but I’ve been playing for a while now so I’m just focusing on playing well and keeping it going.”

Not surpisingly, Wu has never been to Northern Ireland and one his first experiences of watching golf’s oldest major on TV was seeing Woods, and a now a fellow Standford graduate obliterate the field at the 2000 Open at St. Andrews in winning by a remarkable eight shots.

And having attended the same university as Woods, Wu says he’s spoken with the now 15-time Major winning Woods, so much so he now hopes to have a Royal Portrus practice round with Woods.

“One of my first memories of The Open was seeing Tiger dominate when he won  in 2000 and also (Tom) Watson when he came really close in 2009, and then Rory (McIlroy) winning, so there’s been some special moments,” he said.

“But then if Tiger offered me a practice round, I don’t know, if the schedule fits…I’m joking, of course I would love that.

“I’ve met him a couple of times, he went to Stanford and if he’s in the area he’ll often come by and say hi. He was team mates with our head coach Conrad Ray, so there’s a connection there.”

The Scotland duo of Conor  Syme, with scores of 67 and 67 for a six-under par total, and Sam Locke, with scores of 69 and 67 for four-under par, finished a respective second and third to also secure Royal Portrush tee times.




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