Andy Zhang stands in at six feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. He is also just 14 years old. When the 2012 U.S. Open gets underway on Thursday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Zhang will become the youngest-ever golfer in the history of the Grand Slam event.
Paul Casey withdrew from the Open on Monday, leaving a spot for an alternate. Zhang, who had lost a playoff at a regional qualifier the previous week, got the call. Zhang is a native of China who has lived in the U.S. since he was 10. The amateur will get a chance to turn some heads as he plays alongside the very best golfers in the world, including local boys Chez Reavie, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan.