Brandon Wu had an easy decision after making the cut at the U.S. Open Championships in Pebble Beach: Play the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links or attend his graduation ceremony at Stanford, 87 miles to the north.
"I wish I could graduate with my classmates but I think they'll understand and be cheering for me," Wu told Yahoo Sports. "It became more of a realization when I qualified."
They've already been cheering for him, loudly.
Wu will be looking to improve on his 17th place standing as he walks the 18 holes through the Del Norte Forest. After shooting an even par 71, Wu is at 211, two strokes ahead of another famous Stanford alumnus, Tiger Woods.
Wu, who helped the Cardinal win the NCAA title last month, is the top amateur of the four who remain in contention. Fifteen amateurs teed off Thursday.
Veteran Dustin Johnson, who has won 20 times on the PGA Tour, is Wu's playing partner on Sunday. The 34-year-old is one of the most successful golfers on the Tour and won the U.S. Open three years ago. Wu is in good company.