Fran Quinn’s 68 a 1st-day highlight at US Open

Fran Quinn hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Fran Quinn hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — For the past 18 years, Fran Quinn never had the time to play the U.S. Open.

He had more important things to do, like scratching out a living on the Web.com Tour.

Now that he’s finally here, he’s making the most of it.

In the field for the first time since 1996, Quinn shot a 2-under 68 on Thursday to join three other players in a tie for second — three shots behind Martin Kaymer.

In the process, the 49-year-old Massachusetts player authored the first chapter of what could become one of the feel-good stories of this U.S. Open.

Quinn has 15-year-old son Owen carrying his clubs and his late father’s memory on his mind.

Quinn calls his round “a dream” and says “I hope I don’t wake up until Sunday.”

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