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“That’s what I’ve always wanted to do in golf,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play in the U.S. Open there. I think it’s going to be a phenomenal week and I would just love to be a small part of it.”

Earlier in the week, Insperity announced that it had extended its title sponsorship through 2016. The tournament is christening its new spring date after it was moved from the fall. The featured attraction for fans comes Saturday, when Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player form a threesome in an exhibition taking place in the midst of the tournament itself.