SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Dylan Wu’s last top 10 result came 364 days ago at the Price Cutter Charity Championship 2020.
Born in Medford, the week started after he slipped to 31st place in the Korn Ferry Tour points classification and only three regular season events remain.
But even a two and a half hour rain delay couldn’t stop him on Sunday as he drove to his first win with Korn Ferry at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in 2021.
With the win, Wu jumped to 14th place in the points classification and secured his place in the top 25 players at the end of the regular season, resulting in his first PGA Tour card.
“Yes, I think it hasn’t hit me yet, but just super happy,” said Wu after his victory. “For the past two years, I mean when I’ve played 40 events here, I felt like I played well enough last year to get a card, but COVID kind of… there are much worse things in life at COVID affects a lot of people, and luckily I was still able to play professional golf, but not getting a PGA Tour card last year was really … it kind of hurt. “
Overall, Wu is a fan of towns called Springfield.
Two years ago, Wu received a call while going to a Forme Tour event and learned that he had competed in the Korn Ferry Tour tournament that week in Springfield, Illinois. He went on to break through with a runner-up place that week, his first cut on the tour, and earned strong status for the remainder of the year.
Two years later, Wu made a name for himself in another Springfield, this time in Missouri at the Highland Springs Country Club.
“I mean, something about Springfields is great,” laughed Wu, who turned 25 last Tuesday. “Fortunately there are plenty of them, probably the city with the most names in the country. … I mean, this week too, the last two years when I’ve probably had my best results (this tournament). My last top 10 was here a year ago. At the beginning of this week I think: Wow, it’s been a long time since I had a top 10.
Wu took the lead tied for the day and made three of his first four holes to build on the advantage. He pinned two more at numbers 7 and 8 to make 5 under 31.
At one point, Wu held a five-stroke lead, but it dropped to two late when last week’s champion Taylor Moore made a late attack. A weather delay interrupted play for more than two and a half hours as the last group was on the 10th fairway. After coming back out, Wu added two more birdies on the 11th and 16th holes to make the two-stroke win.
“I just hung out with a few buddies,” Wu said of his time during the rain delay. “One of the guys was Max McGreevy, who won last year. We talked inside. A lot of my pals just said that the round is likely to be canceled and I don’t want to hear that because I’m five shots ahead, I don’t want to go to a playoff or anything. “
The win came a month after switching caddies to his younger brother Jeremy Wu at the Live and Work in Maine Open. Since the move, Northwestern University alum has made the top 25 in three out of four events, including this win.
“He was great,” said Wu, a St. Mary’s High graduate. “For me, it just gave me a little more confidence to make my own decisions and play my own game.
“He’s just kind of there to support me and to keep it cool and have fun while I play, just because golf is really stressful it is really stressful to play these tournaments, but he stays calm.”
Wu’s winning 72-hole total of 27 under 261 sets the tournament record originally set by Doug LaBelle II (2006). That week’s prize pool was $ 600,000, with $ 108,000 going to Champion Wu, who also earns 500 Korn Ferry Tour points.
Wu took part in his first major earlier this year, the US Open 2021, where he finished 31st.
Moore failed in his attempt to become the 13th player in the history of the Korn Ferry Tour to win consecutive events. After a total of 27 under at the Memorial Health Championship presented by LRS, Moore has now lost 52 under in his last two tournaments. Moore’s Sunday 62 was the low round of the week, two strokes behind the 18-hole tournament record (Tyler Williamson 2004).
Taylor Dickson’s third place is his best career brand.
The Korn Ferry Tour kicks off next week before the Utah Championship, presented by Zions Bank, August 5-8.
Medford’s Dylan Wu shows off the trophy he won after his first victory on the Korn Ferry Tour on Sunday at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Missouri. Photo courtesy of PGA Tour