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.”