Wu gets late start time in U.S. Open
Dylan Wu has been anticipating his first tee shot in the U.S. Open for more than a week.
He’ll have to wait a tad longer for it to come.
Wu, the Medford golfer and a member of the Korn Ferry Tour who last week advanced through U.S. Open sectional qualifying, is in the next-to-last group going off the No. 10 tee in Thursday’s opening round of the national championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
Tee times were announced Tuesday, and while much of the golf world was itching to see if the feuding Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau would be paired together — they weren’t — many in Southern Oregon were more interested in Wu’s placement.
The 24-year-old will tee off at 2:31 p.m. with Justin Suh, a member of the Latinoamerica Tour, and amateur Spencer Ralston, who recently completed his final year at the University of Georgia.
The last group of the day, off both the first and 10th tees, goes at 2:42 p.m.
For Friday’s second round, Wu, Suh and Ralston will tee off at 8:46 a.m. on the first hole.
The tournament will be televised Thursday at 9:30 a.m. on The Golf Channel and at 4 p.m. on NBC.
Wu is among 54 nonexempt players in the field who advanced through qualifying tournaments.
He was second in the sectional at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, on June 7.
Wu shot 7 under par for two rounds, moving to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 over the first 18 holes, then returning in the afternoon with a 71 to secure his spot.
Taylor Pendrith was the only player with a better score, getting to 8 under. The other two berths went to Chris Baker and Christopher Crawford, who were each 5 under.
This will be Wu’s second PGA Tour event. He qualified for the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and missed the cut.
Wu ranks 28th on the Korn Ferry points list with 1,086 points. He’s 58 points out of the 25th spot. The top 25 during the regular season earn PGA Tour cards. Another 25 players from the Tour Finals also earn cards.
Wu is coming off a solid tournament last week at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, South Carolina, where he tied for 13th place. He put together four rounds in the 60s, including a 64 on Day 3.
It was his best finish since August of last year, when he tied for 11th in the Albertsons Boise Open.