Wu rebounds, advances at U.S. Amateur
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Former St. Mary's High golfer Dylan Wu once again dug his way out of a hole at the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, this time advancing to the Round of 32 in match play competition.
The senior at Northwestern, who was a second-team All-American, birdied the 15th hole and then made par on the 16th hole to take a 1-up advantage that would hold against North Carolina Wilmington's Patrick Cover at Riviera Country Club on Wednesday.
Cover had control of the match early, but never took a sizable lead. Wu worked his way to a 1-up lead after the fifth hole before falling behind and trailing until Hole No. 16.
After successfully rallying, Wu now stands as one of 32 finalists out of the 312 original entrants in the Amateur. He'll take on Hawaii's John Oda at 9:25 a.m. today.
Today's action will feature both the round of 32 and the round of 16. After the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday and Saturday, respectively, there will be a 36-hole championship match.
Also on Wednesday, NCAA champion Braden Thornberry eliminated world No. 1-ranked Joaquin Niemann of Chile in the opening round of match play.
Scotland's Connor Syme also beat No. 2-ranked Maverick McNealy with a pair of exciting matches between top talents.
The No. 3-ranked Thornberry followed up his individual NCAA title for Ole Miss and his fourth-place finish at the St. Jude Classic with a 2-up victory in a match between elites.
McNealy, the Stanford student and former world amateur No. 1, lost 2 and 1 to Syme, with McNealy's bogey on the par-3 16th hole making the difference in a tight match.
Also of note, Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, California, defeated Eugene's Edwin Yi, 3 and 1, and West Linn's Cole Madey beat Won Jun Lee of South Korea, 3 and 2
Fox Sports 1 will begin their coverage at 3 p.m. today and Friday. The semifinals and championship match will air on Fox, at 9 a.m. Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, respectively.
The U.S. Amateur is being played for the first time at Riviera, the 90-year-old Pacific Palisades institution.