It’s Hammer time.
The U.S. Open gets underway next week, and there will be at least one notable name — both in terms of names and age. Fifteen-year-old Cole Hammer, who is far too young to get any sort of MC Hammer references, has qualified for the tournament, and he’ll hit the links next to the big boys for one of the PGA Tour’s four majors.
Hammer certainly earned his way to the show, too. The youngster beat out an impressive field at a 36-hole sectional qualifier to earn the bid. Hammer birdied four of his final five holes, according to the Dallas Morning News, to finish second at the qualifier.
“This means the world to me,” Hammer said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve dreamed about it my whole life. It’s going to be awesome.”
When Hammer does tee off next week at Chambers Bay in Washington state, he’ll become the fourth-youngest player in tournament history.
No matter what happens at Chambers Bay, the future obviously is bright for Hammer. In addition to the U.S. Open bid, he’s already verbally committed to playing at the University of Texas. You know, once he graduates high school — in 2018.
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