A Florida-based 14-year-old Chinese boy will play in the 112th US Open at the Olympic Club this week in San Francisco after English golfer Paul Casey withdrew from the tournament on Monday.
Casey will miss the event because of a shoulder injury, opening up a place for the Leadbetter Academy’s Andy Zhang, who lost in a playoff in a sectional qualifier in Florida and was the second alternate at the beginning of the week.
Brandt Snedeker also withdrew Monday and will be replaced by 18-year-old amateur Jordan Spieth of the US.
Zhang is believed to be the youngest ever to play the Open, although officials cannot confirm because the tournament’s records are not fully comprehensive before 1945.
Tadd Fujikawa of the US was previously the youngest in the modern era to play the US Open when he saw action at age 15 in the 2006 event at Winged Foot.