66 Propels Lin To Second After Azalea Invitational First Round
Trojan sophomore Yuxin Lin, a week before he plays in his second career Masters, teed off in the traditional Azalea Invitational warm-up event and got off to a huge start, firing a 5-under 66 to take second place after 18 holes on Thursday (Oct. 29).
Lin, who earned his berth into the 2020 Masters thanks to a playoff victory at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships, knocked in six birdies, including three straight between 1 and 3, against just one bogey.
The 2019-20 All-American trails only Palmer Jackson, who carded a 6-under 54. 2020 U.S. Amateur champ Tyler Strafaci lurks at 4-under with three players at 3-under. The tournament continues through Sunday.
In the 2018 Masters, Lin posted rounds of 79 and 80, missing the cut.
Other recent Trojans to tee off in the Masters include amateur savant Stewart Hagestad, who won the Silver Cup as low amateur in 2017, making the cut and tying for 36th at 6-over 294, and Cheng Jin, who earned his berth winning the same title as Lin, but failed to make the cut in 2016.