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Daniel Wilco | | June 15, 2019

Meet the four US Open amateurs who made the cut at Pebble Beach

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After 36 grueling holes of golf at Pebble Beach, only four of the 15 amateurs in the field made the cut with scores of 2-over par or better. Three of them have stellar college resumes, while the fourth will be starting his collegiate career this fall. 


Here’s what you need to know about each:

Brandon Wu

Brandon Wu US Open

Wu is making his US Open debut at Pebble Beach this year after finishing T7 in the Columbus, Ohio sectional qualifier. The former Stanford star will actually be missing his college graduation this weekend after he made the cut at Pebble Beach with a 1-under score through 36 holes, placing him at T19 in the major. He still plans to have his own graduation ceremony of sorts — walking down the 18th fairway on Sunday in his cap and gown.

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In the NCAA championship this May, Wu went unbeaten in three matches to help lead sixth-seeded Stanford over fifth-seeded Texas 3-2 in the finals. He also represented the United States in the 2019 Palmer Cup earlier this month, where the International team took down the Americans.

Viktor Hovland

Viktor Hovland US Open

Hovland is also making his first US Open appearance this year. He earned his spot in the field after winning the 2018 US Amateur at Pebble Beach, 6&5 over Devon Bling. 

That year was a banner one for Hovland, who also saw his Oklahoma State team win the NCAA title on its home course in Stillwater. 


Chandler Eaton

Chandler Eaton US Open

The rising senior at Duke just barely snuck in at the local qualifying in Durham, then shot a 9-under in two rounds during the Ball Ground, Georgia sectional to earn his first US Open invite. He shot a 1-over 72 on Thursday and a 1-under 70 on Friday at Pebble Beach.

At Duke this year, Eaton picked up his lone win at the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Fort Worth. He’s also earned two All-American nods with the Blue Devils.

Michael Thorbjornsen

Michael Thorbjornsen US Open

Thorbjornsen is the only non-collegiate amateur to make the cut, and he’s also just 17 years old.

The high schooler barely snuck in under the cut line at Pebble Beach this weekend. After bogeying 15 and 16 in his second round, he then found the water with his drive on 18 and had to scramble for a bogey to finish 2-over.

Thorbjornsen earned his invite to the US Open by beating Akshay Bhatia 1UP in the final of the 2018 US Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol last July.

He’ll be following in Wu’s footsteps after committing to play at Stanford in the fall.

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