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For a guy whose only competition the last six years was a charity scramble event or an occasional game with his players, though, it was quite a run. Martin made it through local qualifying in Washington in his first serious competition since becoming golf coach, then faced sectional qualifying just two days after his Oregon team reached the NCAA semifinals at Riviera in Los Angeles.

It almost all unraveled when he couldn’t find his tee shot on the fifth hole of the second round, but it was found at the last section buried in mud and he made an improbable birdie that helped him claim one of two open spots.

He says he may try qualifying again next year, but he also seems to realize this may be it

“I wasn’t really happy with how I played today,” he said. “But it’s wonderful competing. I haven’t done it in so long it really feels great to get out there and grind away.”

An hour or so after his round, Martin went out to the first tee again, this time to wish Woods well in his round. He admires Woods, appreciates what he has done, but he can’t help thinking what he might have done, too, had he had two good legs.

“Sure, yeah, I thought those things, absolutely,” he said.