The Korn Ferry Tour Championship is fast approaching, and the first group tees off at just before 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, but before that happens, we sat down with last year's champion to hear about his experience last year and his love for this golf course and this area.
Brandon Wu graduated from Stanford in 2019, and after a few months, joined the Korn Ferry Tour, and before joining one of best golf tours in the world, Wu wasn’t sure if he’d find immediate success.
“I guess I didn’t really know what to expect," said Wu. "I felt like I was good enough to compete at the highest level and make it on the PGA tour, but you never know. You just go out and play and see what happens.”
But quick success he found. Wu played in only 9 events his first season on the tour, but his first place finish last year at this event, was enough to get him his first ever PGA Tour Card.
“It’s really special being back this week," said Wu. "I think this is probably the most distinctive moment from these two years, is my win here last year.”
Wu said he’s excited to be back at a golf course that means so much to him, but his care for this place, is about more than just the golf course, it’s also the city and the fans around it.
“I remember last year, even though it was COVID, I felt like the whole town came together, especially at the end there, and I was really proud to be a champion," said Wu. "I still remember driving home and a car pulling up to me and congratulating me on my win, and I thought that’s as super special, and I love that feel of the whole town supporting the tournament and being a part of that.”
And if you wanna catch the start of Wu’s day, and his potential run at back-to-back championships, you’ll have to get out to Victoria National early. He starts his round on Thursday at 8:02 a.m.