14-year-old from China gets into US Open

Paul Casey has withdrawn from the U.S. Open, paving the way for

a 14-year-old from China to be what officials believe to be the

youngest player in championship history.

Andy Zhang lost in a playoff at a sectional qualifier in

Florida. He was the second alternate when the week began at Olympic

Club. Brandt Snedeker also withdrew Monday. Casey pulled out

because of a recurring shoulder injury.

Zhang has been part of the IMG Leadbetter Academy in Florida and

is based in the Orlando area. Tadd Fujikawa previously was the

youngest in the modern era. He was 15 when he qualified for the

2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.