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USC's Yuxin Lin Set For Second Appearance At The Masters

Nov 10, 2020

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Sophomore Yuxin Lin, coming off an All-American freshman season at USC, finally gets to cash in this week on a prize he earned more than 12 months ago, namely an exemption into the 2020 Masters he secured by winning the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
When Lin won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in September of 2019 for the second time, it came with berths into the 2020 Masters and Open. Little did he realize he would have to wait some 14 months to play at Augusta for the second time.
Lin mostly recently tied for eighth at the Azalea Invitational, a warm-up for The Masters where he tied for eighth at 3-under 281 (66-75-70-70), four out of first.
His alarm will be set early for the first round Thursday as he'll join 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle and 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker with a 7 a.m. ET start which will be followed Friday with an 11:05 a.m. ET start.
Lin hopes to improve on his 2018 Masters debut when he missed the cut after rounds of 79 and 80.
Other recent Trojans to tee off in the Masters include amateur 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.