Home Town: Smithtown, NY
Graduation: Class of 2013
2010 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion
2010 Verizon Junior Heritage Champion
In the storied history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, there has never been a champion younger than Jim Liu. Liu, 14, stole the show at this years U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with his steady, dominant play. His championship run was capped off by defeating Justin Thomas 4 and 2 in the finals. In victory Liu achieved something that even Tiger Woods couldn't accomplish - win the U.S. Junior Amateur at age 14. Golfchannel.com caught up with the newest U.S. Junior champion to learn a little more about some of his interests and accomplishments on and off the course. And like most conversations with 14-year-olds, shooting 59 at age nine was brought up.
Favorite Food: Steak
On your iPod: Everything except for heavy metal
Favorite movie: Click and Greatest Game Ever Played
Favorite television show: The Big Bang
Favorite book: Down the Fairway.
Favorite hobby other than golf: Fishing
Favorite store: Willis Hobbies
Dream foursome: Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Me
Words to live by: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
Needs improvement: Everything, nothing’s perfect
Favorite club: Putter
Ballmarker: Whatever is on my divot tool
Age you first broke 70: Eight. I shot 59 at age nine in 2005 at the PJGT Tour Championship at the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course in Disney World.
Love to trade places with: Race car driver
Favorite non-golf athlete: Michael Jordan
Best thing about traveling to play golf: You get to go to new places, and play the best courses
Favorite place visited for a tournament: Canada
College golf plans: Not sure yet, but definitely a college with a D1 golf program