Will celebrate his 22nd birthday by teeing it up in the first round of the 117h U.S. Open after defeating Brandon Wu on the first playoff hole for the final spot from the Newport Beach, Calif., sectional qualifier. Both players finished at 6-under 137. Champ, a rising senior at Texas A&M, opened with a 63 at Newport Beach Country Club, but struggled at Big Canyon, carding a 74. Last December, Champ won the Patriot All-America at The Wigwam Resort in Arizona in a playoff. It came three months after he won his first collegiate event, the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.