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Teenager Thorbjornsen Through to the Weekend

June 15, 2019 - 1:12 PM
Reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion Michael Thorbjornsen is the second-youngest to make a U.S. Open cut since World War II. (USGA/Darren Carroll)

Despite bogeys on three of his last four holes on Friday, Michael Thorbjornsen will play the weekend at Pebble Beach. At 17 years, 8 months and 29 days, he is the second-youngest player to make the cut in a U.S. Open since World War II. Only Beau Hossler (17 years, 3 months) was younger when he finished tied for 29th at The Olympic Club in 2012. The reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion from Wellesley, Mass., is one of four amateurs to earn two additional rounds at Pebble Beach, joining Brandon Wu (140), Viktor Hovland (142) and Chandler Eaton (142). This is the second year that the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur champions have received exemptions into the U.S. Open – and in both years, one has made the cut. At Shinnecock Hills, 2017 Mid-Am winner Matt Parziale shared low-amateur honors.

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