Brandon Wu claims medalist honors at U.S. Amateur

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Brandon Wu claims medalist honors at U.S. Amateur

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Brandon Wu claims medalist honors at U.S. Amateur

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Stalled by weather on Tuesday, Brandon Wu had to wait one more day to officially claim medalist honors at the 2019 U.S. Amateur.

Play was suspended due to storms at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday with Wu holding a one-shot lead over six golfers.

Wu’s victory became official on Wednesday.

The closest golfer with holes still to play Tuesday was Spencer Ralston, who was 1 over through 16.

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But Wu’s 72 on Tuesday, with 16 pars and two bogeys, was enough, along with his opening-round 65, to take home the title.

“Towards the back nine today was definitely tough, just because No. 2 is such a mental grind, as well,” said Wu after his round. “You’re trying to hit perfect shots on every hole just to maybe have a look at birdie, so that was kind of wearing down, and it was getting hot towards the end, too. Luckily I was able to finish it off, but I was definitely pretty tired.”

Six players finished T-2: Jacob Solomon, Tom Sloman, Cooper Dossey, Shiryu (Leo) Oyo, Philip Barbaree and Ricky Castillo. Rickey Werbylo finished 1-under. Those eight were the only golfers to finish under par after two days.

Tuesday’s delay lasted 1 hour, 21 minutes, so 50 players were unable to complete their rounds. The second round resumed on Wednesday at 7:20 a.m.

When the 36 holes were complete, there were 27 players in a playoff competing for the final three spots in th Round of 64, will was set to commence at 10 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2.

Among those who did not advance:

Michael Thorbjornsen, whose second-round 78 did him in after he shot a 69 in the first round.

Luke Schniederjans shot 77-72 and finished 9-over.

Preston Summerhays, the U.S. Junior Amateur champ, went 77-73 and finished 10-over.

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