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How Arizona State golfers fared in the U.S. Open

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There were six players representing the past, present and future of the Arizona State men’s golf program at the U.S. Open in Los Angeles this weekend. Here’s how all of them fared:

John Rahm, T-10 Place (-3)

Jon Rahm finished with the lowest score of any Sun Devil, as he shot a 5-under 65 to round out the tournament after a rough weekend by his standards and finished in the top-10. Rahm is currently the No. 2 overall player in the world, but could not sniff the leaderboard his first three days at Los Angles Country Club, posting a 69, 73 and 70. Rahm played at ASU from 2012-2016, where he accomplished a ton and set plenty of records.  Click here to see his remarkable Arizona State stats.

Phil Mickelson, Missed Cut (+3)

Lucky lefty did not have any magic this weekend. Phil Mickelson just missed the cut (set at +2) by a stoke on Friday and did not get a chance to finish the tournament. He scored a 1-under 69 in the first round, but recorded a 4-over 74 in the second. This is the second straight year the 53-year-old Mickelson has missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Mickelson started his college career at ASU in 1989 and became arguably the best amateur ever. He won individual national titles his freshman and sophomore years and was just one of seven players to accomplish the feat. He was named an All-American all four years he played at ASU (1989-1993). Click here for his ASU profile.

David Puig, T-39 (+4)

David Puig left Arizona State early in 2022 to join LIV Golf. Puig just made the cut at the Open after registering a 1-under 69 and a 3-over 73 in the second round. He then faltered to shooting a 5-over 75 in the third round, but capped it off with an impressive 3-under 67 in the final round.

Per his LIV Golf bio: “One of the youngest players on the LIV Golf roster, rising star Puig joined LIV Golf in 2022 as an amateur. The Spaniard turned pro in September of that year, and his first event in the paid ranks was the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago. Puig’s prodigious exploits as an amateur in Spain earned him a place at Arizona State, and in under three full seasons there, he won three events and recorded seven top-10 finishes to highlight his talent and potential.”

Preston Summerhays (a), Missed Cut (+6)

Upcoming ASU junior Preston Summerhays played in his second U.S. Open this weekend after he won a 3-for-2 playoff at the playoff at the Hillcrest Country Club final qualifier. Summerhays recorded a 3-over 73 in both of the rounds he played. He was the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and is the currently No. 1 golfer on the ASU men’s golf team. He came in at No. 15 in the top-110 world amateur golf rankings heading into the tournament. Click here to read his ASU bio. 

Alejandro del Rey, Missed Cut (+7)

Alex del Rey, a graduate of ASU in 2020, finished with a 2-under 68 in the first round of the U.S. Open, but faltered to a 9-over 79 in the second, leading to him missing the cut.

From ASU press release: “Alex Del Rey (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, 2020)) was four-time winner in his collegiate career with wins at the 2019 Trinity Forest Invitational, the 2019 Mea Lakakila Individual, the 2019 National Invitational Tournament and the 2017 Maui Jim Intercollegiate. He finished career with a 71.42 stroke average in 132 rounds in 44 tournaments and played par or better in 79 rounds. His senior season was cut short by COVID, and he entered the pro ranks shortly after.”

Wenyi Ding (a), Missed Cut (+9)

Wenyi Ding, an incoming freshman at ASU from the People’s Republic of China, qualified for the U.S. Open after winning the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur. He posted a 2-over 72 and 7-over 77 in his two rounds at the Open. Wing will be a terrific edition to the ASU men’s golf team next season.

From ASU press release: “The 2023-24 roster hasn’t published yet, but he will be on there. You can read a great story about him here winning the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur to get into the U.S. Open. He is the first male golfer from the People’s Republic of China to win a USGA championship with the win in July at Bandon Dunes. Ding defeated University of Tennessee’s Caleb Surratt, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final, where he built as large as an 8-up lead. Ding also won the China Amateur in 2021 and 2021 Boao Classic, a professional event in China. He made the cut at the 2023 Singapore Classic and the 2023 PIF Saudi International, and he finished 47th in the ISPS Handa Australian Open at the end of 2022.”

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

 

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