Andy Zhang, 14, becomes youngest golfer to compete in U.S. Open

Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:02 PM
Last updated 9:42 PM
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 SAN FRANCISCO — Fourteen-year-old Andy Zhang became the youngest golfer to ever compete in the U.S. Open today, and it showed early on.

Zhang opened with a triple bogey on The Olympic Club’s first hole and followed that with a double bogey. He then added three consecutive bogeys before making his first par on No. 6.

He settled down and posted 9-over-par 79. In fact, from No. 6 through 15, he played even par with one birdie, one bogey and eight pars.

He struggled with a double bogey at the par-5 16th, but closed with a birdie on the short 18th hole.

The native of the People’s Republic of China got into the field when Paul Casey withdrew.

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