Newbie golfer Brandon Wu’s magical run simply received’t finish


PORTRUSH, Northern Eire — It’s good to be Brandon Wu.

The place to begin together with his magical life?

Possibly with him going 3-Zero in match play and turning into a catalyst in main Stanford to the NCAA golf title.

Or qualifying to play within the U.S. Open at Pebble Seaside, making the reduce, being paired with Dustin Johnson within the remaining spherical and ending tied for 35th.

Or being introduced his diploma on the 18th inexperienced after ending the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Open, which was going down on the identical day as Stanford’s commencement.

Or touring to Scotland and qualifying for the British Open by ending because the medalist and securing the primary of the three spots obtainable within the 72-player discipline to get to play this week at Royal Portrush.

Wu — who lives together with his household in Scarsdale, performs out of Scarsdale Golf Membership and is the No. 5 ranked newbie on the planet — owns the excellence of being the primary newbie since 1967 to qualify for each the U.S. Open and British Open in identical yr.

The one potential flaw in his excellent life?

“I just like the Jets, that’s my favourite crew,’’ Wu mentioned.

Effectively, no person’s excellent.

Brandon Wu
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“I’m enthusiastic about [quarterback Sam] Darnold,’’ Wu mentioned. “He’s younger and he might be good. I don’t understand how Le’Veon [Bell] goes to slot in, however I really like his sport. He’s so enjoyable to look at. I feel he’ll be good.’’

Apparently, Wu has the same low-key, level-headed character and strategy to his sport that Darnold displayed in his first season with the Jets. Like Darnold, Wu appears unflappable.

“That positively is an attribute of mine,’’ Wu mentioned. “It’s partially my character. I’m fairly chill. I’ve additionally discovered to maintain myself stage on the course as effectively. That’s one thing I’ve labored on over the previous couple of years at Stanford. Basically, I’m fairly laid again, in order that helps.’’

Wu — who was born in California, moved to Beijing when he was eight and to Scarsdale 5 years later — described these previous few months as “whirlwind since midway by way of the spring in school after we went on this run and we ended up profitable our final 5 tournaments and the NCAA championship.

“It’s been one factor after the subsequent,’’ he mentioned. “It’s been tremendous enjoyable, and I’m simply making an attempt to get pleasure from each second of it.’’

The one factor Wu has not achieved throughout this stretch is make a single greenback. His former school contemporaries, in the meantime, have been cashing in. Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa all turned professional after the U.S. Open and have already got made an impression on the PGA Tour.

Wolff received the 3-M Basic two weeks in the past in Minnesota in merely his third skilled begin, incomes $1.152 million for his victory. Hovland and Morikawa, who was runner-up to Wolff in Minnesota, have already cashed in on the PGA Tour.

“It’s been tremendous cool watching my buddies competing out on the PGA Tour,’’ Wu mentioned. “I’m not too nervous about lacking out on something. I’m simply making an attempt to benefit from my scenario. I made the selection of staying newbie to hopefully make the Walker Cup crew. I’ve nonetheless gotten good alternatives, attending to play Pebble and attending to play this week. I’m simply making an attempt to benefit from my scenario, which I’m very pleased with.’’

Neither Wolff, Hovland nor Morikawa certified for this week’s Open.

What these three gamers have confirmed to Wu, not that he didn’t already comprehend it, is that something is feasible — even proper out of faculty.

“It goes to point out the place the extent of golf on the newbie and school stage has gotten,’’ Wu mentioned. “It’s actually good. These guys can already compete. It goes to point out that these are guys I used to be taking part in with three weeks in the past and now they’re competing on the PGA, which suggests I can exit and compete.’’

Wu started taking part in golf at age 7 together with his father, Yichun, in Danville, Calif. The household moved to Beijing after which to Scarsdale. Wu attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, and it was there he earned a partial golf scholarship to Stanford.

“I at all times needed to go to Stanford,’’ Wu mentioned. “So once they began recruiting me, that was like a dream come true.”

Because it turned out, that was solely the start of a sequence of goals coming true for Wu.