He skipped graduation at Stanford to play in the U.S. Open. Here’s 4 other things to know about Brandon Wu, who shot a 63 at the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

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He missed the cut in nine of his first 10 events during the 2021-22 PGA Tour season.

But things are looking up for Brandon Wu, who fired a final-round 63 at the Mexico Open at Vidanta after carding six birdies and an eagle.

“Proud of the way I just kept my head down,” he told Amanda Renner during the CBS telecast after his round. He said he tried not to look at the leaderboard but did admit “yea, a little nervous here and there.”

The 63 sets the competitive round record at the Greg Norman-design which is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time. About 20 minutes later, Tony Finau matched the 63 and also tied for the lead with Wu at 16 under.

At the time, Jon Rahm and Kurt Kitiyama were also 16 under. Rahm later got to 17 under to take the outright lead while Wu was hanging out for a couple hours to see if his score would hold up.

Who is Brandon Wu?

Here are five things to know about the up-and-coming talent.

  1. Born in Danville, California, Wu played at Stanford, where he helped the Cardinal win the 2019 national championship. His yardage book cover has Stanford’s slogan “Fear The Tree” on it.

  2. In the span of about 30 days in 2019, Wu also qualified for the U.S. Open, represented the U.S. at the Palmer Cup and claimed a share of 35th in his U.S. Open debut.

  3. Because he made the cut at Pebble Beach, he was unable to walk with his Stanford classmates for graduation at Stanford Stadium. Instead, after walking out of scoring at the U.S. Open, he met Stu Francis, chair of the championship committee, who handed Wu his Stanford diploma.

  4. In August of 2020, Wu won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, finishing a shot ahead of Greyson Sigg. It marked his first professional victory.

  5. Since ending that missed cut streak, he’s made five cuts in a row, including a tie for third at Puerto Rico.