Chinese teen becomes youngest golfer in U.S. Open history
Andy Zhang will play in the U.S. Open at 14 years old.
June 12th, 2012
06:12 AM ET

Chinese teen becomes youngest golfer in U.S. Open history

A 14-year-old from China will become the youngest golfer ever to play in the U.S. Open when he tees it up at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on Thursday.

Andy Zhang got a spot in the 156-player field when England's Paul Casey withdrew on Monday with a shoulder injury, the USGA announced.

"(When I got the call), my mind just went blank," Zhang told GolfWeek. "Then, I said 'Wait! What? I am in the U.S. Open?'

"I will just try to enjoy it as much as possible," Golf Digest quoted the teen as saying. "I want to play well, but just to play on a major championship course is great."

Zhang plays out of the IMG Academy sports school in Bradenton, Florida. He won't turn 15 until December 14. The previous youngest player in the 112 playings of the U.S. Open was Tadd Fujikawa, who was 15 years, 5 months old when he played in the 2006 tournament.

Zhang was the second alternate to get into this year's Open. Another teen, 18-year-old Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas, got in when Brandt Snedeker withdrew because of an injury.

Zhang becomes the eighth amateur and second high school student in the field. Beau Hossler, 17, of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, is the other. He'll be playing in his second consecutive U.S. Open.

Now that he's officially in the tournament, Zhang will play a practice round Tuesday morning with the winner of this year's first major tournament, Masters' champ Bubba Watson, according to GolfWeek.

For the event's first round on Thursday, Zhang will play with Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita and American Mark Wilson.

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  1. Paul Price

    Congratulations to this fine young man! Enjoy yourself!

    June 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ic32teeth

      Who cares what you shoot just enjoy the moment of a life time!!

      June 13, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. nokidz


    June 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BRUCE


    June 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      well Bruce obviously you do but cant admit it. you are probably a frustrated loser who has never done anything and you are bitter.too bad

      June 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce Cares

      You do.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. applesaucenightmare

    i have fifteen pennies in my brain for the appleking.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brian

    Another right wing conspiracy. China is taking over. We need to close our borders

    June 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kenny Rogers

    Ah'm sorry Ah troll you so much, Thelma Lou, but you won't let me wear your dresses and it makes me madder than a wet hen.

    June 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rajah

    He won't make it past the first round

    June 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      rajah calm down and try to grow up. its a shame you are so cynical but then again I understand it if you cant deliver the goods yourself

      June 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CDubya

      pretty sure he will without a doubt make it past the first round...... I say he plays atleast 2 rounds... just sayin....

      June 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremy Shettler

    Hope he doesn't plan on earning his green card this way. All these immigrant types need to just stay the f in there own country.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • thehtjohn

      Actually , he makes more money than you therefore contributing to the U.S economy . We should deport you instead since you don't make as much money as he does nor do you have the talent that he has.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. michael

    hey jeremy shettler your not the brightest bulp you gave your complete name and identified yourself as a moronic bigot.
    now all your friends know to be true what they only suspected

    June 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Fish

    Hate to think what will happen to his family in PRC if he loses.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Candy

    I bet he doesn't use Chinese made clubs.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Raj Khurana

    I hope he wins ! 🙂

    Another succesful high quality export from China !

    Well done Andy Zhang !

    May your tribe increase !

    June 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkva76

      he's trained in USA not PRC

      June 13, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Trevor

    He's probably been trained at gun point for the last 13 years, with the promise of a swift execution if he dares to disgrace China.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    FORE!!!!TEEN!!! Good for him!

    June 13, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. mgjdp

    i took a dump on a semi truck on an interstate by hanging my butt off a bridge. yup i contributed to this intellectual debate.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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