13 Year Old Advances Through To US Open Final Qualifying

13 Year Old Advances Through To US Open Final Qualifying

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Lev Grinberg is only 13-years-old, but next month he will be playing for a chance to compete at the US Open.

13 Year Old Advances Through To US Open Final Qualifying

Grinberg, who graduates from middle school in 2022, shot a two-under-par 70 at Orange Tree Golf Club in Florida to finish tied fourth and advance to the final stage of US Open qualifying.

The 13-year-old, who is from the Ukraine, produced five birdies and three bogies, including a three-under-par back nine, to defeat players who were twice, or even three times his age!

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If Grinberg were to qualify, he wouldn't just be the youngest male golfer to play in a US Open, but also the youngest male golfer to ever play in a Major championship.

Currently, Andy Zhang holds the record for the US Open (14 years and 6 months), whilst Guan Tianlang is the youngest male golfer to play at a Major championship at 14 years and 5 months. (2013 Masters).

At the Masters, Guan fired a three-over 75 in his second round to finish at four-over-par, exactly on the cut line. This meant he became the youngest player to not only make the cut at Augusta National, but any Major championship.

13 Year Old US Open

Guan won the low amateur at the 2013 Masters. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

There have been other examples of young golfers participating at Major championships; American, Lexi Thompson, appeared at the 2007 US Women's Open when she was just 12-years-old.

The record stood until it was surpassed by Lucy Li in 2013. Li was just 11-years-old when she qualified for the US Women’s Open in 2014.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x