Suh tries to join 2019 class­mates with win

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Adam Woodard

If you tune in to the PGA Tour’s Co­rales Pun­ta­cana Re­sort & Club Cham­pi­onship this week, lis­ten closely and don’t be alarmed if you hear a knock­ing sound.

It’s only Justin Suh bang­ing on the door to join the rest of his fel­low class of 2019 rook­ies at the adult ta­ble.

Suh, a 23-year-old San Jose na­tive, got off to a hot start Thurs­day morn­ing at Co­rales Golf Club in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic with an open­ing-round 5-un­der 67. When he walked off the course, the 2019 USC grad­u­ate was tied for fourth and in po­si­tion to con­tend for his first vic­tory on Tour.

If Suh were to win, he’d be­come the fourth mem­ber of his loaded 2019 rookie class to do so, join­ing the “Big 3” of Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Vik­tor Hov­land. Morikawa most re­cently won the class’ first ma­jor at the 2020 PGA Cham­pi­onship at TPC Hard­ing Park in San Fran­cisco. He also claimed the

Work­day Char­ity Open ear­lier this sum­mer in a play­off against Justin Thomas and won last year’s Bar­racuda Cham­pi­onship. Wolff took down Morikawa and 2020 U.S. Open cham­pion Bryson DeCham­beau at the 2019 3M Open while Hov­land, a team­mate of Wolff ’s at Ok­la­homa State, won the 2019 Puerto Rico Open.

“Yeah, they took off,” Suh said of his fel­low 2019 rook­ies. “They re­ally got their game to­gether just right off the bat turn­ing pro. Un­for­tu­nately, on the first few starts that I had I was fac­ing a wrist in­jury and just kind of had to bat­tle back. Kind of changed my swing a lit­tle bit just so I wouldn’t have to face that any­more.

“But yeah, it’s re­ally awe­some see­ing the guys I was play­ing with in col­lege win­ning ma­jors and com­pet­ing in ma­jors,” he added. “Matt just fin­ish­ing sec­ond at the U.S. Open and Collin win­ning the PGA. I played with Collin a cou­ple weeks ago and got him in an 18-hole match, so the game’s there, it’s just a mat­ter of putting it to­gether at a tour­na­ment.”

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