The 22-year-old Stanford University student, sixth on the amateur world rankings, competed in the 36-hole Final Qualifying event at Fairmont St Andrews little more than two weeks after finishing joint 35th in the US Open – and won it by three strokes with rounds of 64 and 67 for a nine under par total.
The success also came hot on the heels of him helping Stanford, whose former players include Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie, win the NCAA Championship in his senior year before being presented with his graduation diploma as he came off the 18th green at Pebble Beach after playing with Dustin Johnson in the final round. “It has been a crazy run and today was fantastic, playing on a beautiful course with beautiful views,” he said at the Home of Golf.
“It is like a dream come true to qualify for The Open having watched all the greats play in it. This was the only competition I played over here on this trip, though I came over a week ago and got acclimated, as we say in the US. I kept it out of the long stuff and holed everything in the second round.”