Andy Zhang, a 14-year-old amateur from China, will become the youngest golfer on record to play in the U.S. Open, tournament organizers said.
Zhang made the field as an alternate when Paul Casey withdrew yesterday because of a shoulder injury. Zhang competed in a sectional qualifier in Florida on June 4 and shot rounds of 70 and 72 to earn a first alternate position.
Zhang, who now lives in Reunion, Florida, will be the youngest golfer to participate in the major championship at least since the U.S. Open returned from a four-year hiatus following World War II in 1946. The youngest previous U.S. Open competitor on record in the modern era was Tadd Fujikawa, who was 15 when he played in the 2006 tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, according to the U.S. Golf Association.
Jordan Spieth, the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, also made the U.S. Open field yesterday when Brandt Snedeker withdrew because of a rib injury. Spieth, 18, is the only golfer other than Tiger Woods to win the U.S. Junior Amateur multiple times.
The $8 million U.S. Open, the second of golf’s four annual major tournaments, will be held June 14-17 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.