"As it turns out, it's the way it probably should have been," he said. "They decline, and I get in on my own merit. That's what makes me feel good. I feel like I belong here. I wasn't given anything. I earned my way in."
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“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if one of these young guys has a chance at the end,” said Andy North, another two-time U.S. Open champion.
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