New Texas resident Brandon Wu takes down Scottie Scheffler to win Maridoe 2.zero title
Brandon Wu is adjusting properly to life within the Lone Star State.
The 23-year-old Stanford product, who was born in New York and prepped at prestigious Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, discovered himself in unfamiliar environment when he moved to Dallas in mid-February.
However he is had loads of time to settle in. His final event was almost 4 months in the past at Pebble Seaside, and he took a few month off at first of the coronavirus pandemic earlier than solely lately returning apply at his new residence membership, Trinity Forest.
This week, although, was Wu’s official orientation: his first event as a resident, at one of many Dallas space’s most notable golf equipment, Maridoe Golf Membership in Carrollton, and in opposition to a largely native area.
Wu handed his first Texas check with flying colours, monitoring down Longhorn alum and Dallas native Scottie Scheffler and holding off a pair extra true Texans, Parker Coody and Will Zalatoris, to win the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational 2.zero on Thursday.
“I knew it was going to be robust to take down Scottie,” Wu stated of Scheffler, one of many frontrunners for PGA Tour Rookie of the Yr this season who received the inaugural occasion at Maridoe final month. “He’s an unbelievable participant and he’s been having an incredible 12 months, however I simply tried to stay to my sport plan.”
For a Stanford grad, it wasn’t overly difficult: hit fairways, discover greens and make putts. Easy sufficient, but on the primary gap Wu chunked 8-iron from the center of the golf green and got here up in need of the inexperienced.
He managed to avoid wasting par.
“I used to be a bit nervous on the primary gap,” stated Wu, who began the day two shot again of the main Scheffler. “That was form of a wakeup name.”
Wu rapidly settled in, birdieing the subsequent gap and becoming a member of a logjam atop the leaderboard at 10 underneath after 10 holes. Becoming a member of him in a share of the lead have been Scheffler, Zalatoris, who performs on the Korn Ferry Tour, and Coody, a rising junior at Texas.
However a gap later, issues rapidly scattered. Scheffler eagled the par-5 11th gap to take a two-shot lead. Zalatoris bogeyed the 12th to successfully finish his probabilities. Coody couldn’t get the birdies to drop on the again 9.
That left Scheffler and Wu to battle it out down the stretch. After Wu birdied Nos. 14 and 16, he discovered himself tied with Scheffler at 12 underneath once they arrived at Wu’s favourite gap, the brief par-3 17th.
Wu caught his tee ball to three ft, made the putt and by no means appeared again. A Scheffler bogey to shut gave Wu the two-shot victory over a area that included not solely a number of Tour execs but in addition faculty All-People and junior standouts.
Coody positioned third at 10 underneath, adopted by Zalatoris. Austin Smotherman and Stephan Jaeger shared fifth at 6 underneath, whereas Abraham Ancer was sixth, one other shot again.
“I believed the sphere was positively a singular expertise for everybody, however I believed it was actually thrilling,” Wu stated. “I’ve a bunch of pals nonetheless enjoying in faculty that I acquired to compete in opposition to as soon as once more and a bunch of execs that I had grown up watching on TV, as properly, in order that was a enjoyable combine.”
Wu plans on enjoying a few Monday qualifiers when the Korn Ferry Tour season resumes June 11 in Florida. He has conditional standing, so his first begin again will come 4 weeks in at TPC Colorado, the place he’ll play on a sponsor exemption.
Even when he doesn’t compete once more till then, Wu has already confirmed he can discover success rapidly after an extended layoff.
“It was cool simply to have the ability to play golf once more,” Wu stated. “… Hopefully, good issues from right here on out.”