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Padgett says it didn’t take much convincing at all a few years ago to persuade Dedman to go along with the proposal for back-to-back Opens. Padgett says he pitched the idea to Dedman, and then there was “just a long pause, and the only thing he said was, `Has it ever been done before?’”

“He got the idea of being first, never being done before, and the history part was all that he really wanted to know,” he added. “It wasn’t hardly a 5-minute conversation, but it spoke volumes for his commitment and how he feels about working with the USGA.

“It didn’t take him long to say, `We’re in.”