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British Open: Club pro gets to be a stand-in

British Open: Club pro gets to be a stand-in

Gregg Pettersen had the most fantastic round of golf of his life Saturday.

And that’s before he hit a single shot.

Pettersen, a golf pro at Royal Birkdale, got the plum assignment as a “marker” for South Africa’s Shaun Norris, to even out the 79-player field. The Englishman was essentially a placeholder.

“For me it was just a bit surreal,” said Pettersen, 38, who has worked at the club for 15 years and was informed the night before that he would be playing. “I’ve never played in front of that sort of crowds at all over the years. It’s just been maybe a couple of people spectating.”

Pettersen, whose biggest paycheck as a professional is the equivalent of $390 in a...

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