Brandon Wu (USGA photo)
Down two shots to defending champ, Scottie Scheffler to start the day, Brandon Wu shot a final round 66 (-6) at the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational on Thursday.
Wu, a Stanford alum and current Korn Ferry Tour member, pulled away from Scheffler who was plagued by a handful of bogeys on the day, including a double on the par-four fifth. Wu kept Scheffler at bay with three birdies on the final five holes.
Wu turned pro last year after finishing his amateur career with a series of bangs. He helped the Cardinal win the NCAA Championship, after which he became the first player in 50 years to open qualify for both the U.S. and British Opens. He also was a part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team in the Pan American Games, and a member of the winning U.S. Walker Cup team.
Texas sophomore Parker Coody started the day one back of Scheffler. With an opening 34, Coody could muster just one birdie on the backside before giving it right back on the 18th hole to finish at 11-under-par in solo third with a final round 70 (-2).
Coody was seven shots clear of the next amateur, Baylor’s Cooper Dossey. Dossey finished the event with an even-par 70 in a tie for eighth place at four-under alongside for Oklahoma State stand out Zach Bauchou and PGA Tour regular Sebastian Munoz.
The Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational ‘2.0’ came just 19 days after the first event to help out of work caddies. Both events drew in high-level talent as the PGA Tour plans to make a comeback next month and most amateur tournaments scheduled to take place have been canceled or postponed. Wu will get to pick a charity of his choosing to share in his winnings.
ROUND TWO RECAP
Just over two weeks since the last Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational (MSFI), Scottie Scheffler is in position to defend his title.
The MSFI ‘2.0’ as it’s been coined is a hotbed of talent from both the pro and amateur ranks as one of the best fields during COVID-19. The first Invitational was a charity event benefiting caddies out of work due to the pandemic, but this go around the winner will get to share their winnings with a charity of their choice.
Scheffler won the first MFSI on April 30 by one stroke with a nine-under score through 54-holes. Shooting a 67 (-5) on Tuesday and a 66 (-6) on Wednesday, Scheffler is the leader at nine-under, tying his winning score, through 36-holes with one round remaining.
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University of Texas sophomore Parker Coody is just one shot back of Scheffler with a 70 (-2) on Tuesday and a 66 (-6) on Wednesday. Coody was a long shot to win the tournament with 100/1 odds per GolfOdds.com.
Coody is four shots clear of Baylor senior Cooper Dossey and Oklahoma senior Blaine Hale who are both at four-under.
ABOUT THE Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational II
Charity tournament with pros and amateurs to benefit
out of work caddies. Elite flight with pros and top
amateurs; gross flight as well.
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