After helping the U.S. to the gold medal at the Pan American Games, Brandon Wu took a red-eye flight from Lima, Peru, on Sunday evening and less than 24 hours later was standing on the first tee at Pinehurst No. 4.
The Stanford grad took a while to get going on a tough scoring day for both U.S. Amateur host courses, but he eventually caught fire late on the easier No. 4. After playing even-par golf through 13 holes with two birdies, Wu strung together three straight birdies beginning at the par-3 14th hole, and he followed his birdie at the short par-4 16th with eagle at the gettable par-5 penultimate hole.