From writer Dave Shedloski:
Interesting grouping that just made the turn at Chambers Bay Tuesday morning. Jim Liu, 14, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, is paired with Harry Rudolph III, 40, a longtime amateur player from La Jolla, Calif.
Rudolph is a former California State Amateur champion who was medalist and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1987 U.S. Junior Am. He is watching a bit of history up close, given that Liu is the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Junior.
That shouldn't be a big deal to Rudolph, though. He has been a lifelong friend of 1990 U.S. Amateur champion and three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson. Earlier this year, in late March, Rudolph was playing a casual round with Mickelson and two others at The Plantation Club outside of Palm Springs, Calif., and watched the No. 2 player in the world shoot a 58. A few weeks later Mickelson won his third Masters title.