June 14, 2019
Three NorCal Golfers Make Cut at U.S. Open
By Gary McCormick
Friday at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach saw some hopes dashed and some dreams realized. Among NorCal players, San Jose’s Joseph Bramlett, amateur Noah Norton of Chico (2017 Cal State Amateur runner-up), and Fremont’s Hayden Shieh will be watching the rest of the event from the sidelines, but three others will be teeing it up over the weekend in the national championship tournament.
Former Cal golfer Collin Morikawa, who carded rounds of 71 and 73 to finish at 2-over, was on the fence for much of the afternoon as the cut line flip-flopped back and forth between 1-over and 2-over. Morikawa made his first professional start last week at the RBC Canadian Open, collecting his first check as a professional golfer after finishing T-14.
Morikawa carded 16 pars, 9 birdies, and 11 bogeys over 36 holes for his 2-over total
Clovis native Bryson DeChambeau, and Stanford senior Brandon Wu also had uneven rounds on Friday, Wu falling from the pinnacle of a clean card 4-under early in the second round.
Starting on the back nine, Wu turned in 33, opened his second nine with another birdie, then hit a rough patch with a double bogey at the par-4 second hole, followed by a bogey at the par-4 third. After one more birdie, at the scenic oceanside fourth hole, Wu closed with five pars to finish 71-69.
Wu went 3 and 0 at the NCAA Championships in May as a member of the national champion Stanford Men’s Golf Team. Two weeks later he posted rounds of 67 and 70 in the Columbus, Ohio Sectional qualifier to advance to the U.S. Open to Pebble, Beach, his first trip to the USGA’s national championship.
After a birdie at the par-4 second hole, DeChambeau hit a rough patch in the middle of the second round, bookending a birdie at the 10th hole with two pair of bogeys. A final bogey, at the par-four 16th hole dropped the former SMU physics major to 1-over, uncomfortably close to the cut line as the afternoon rounds played out.