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2012 U.S. Open: Andy Zhang To Become Youngest Entrant In Open History

When the 2012 U.S. Open begins on Thursday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, much of the attention will be focused upon the big names in golf, whether the underdog trend will continue at the Olympic Club and if Tiger Woods can build off his win at the Memorial Championship.

However, there is an interesting story line that is developing in the form of 14-year old Andy Zhang, who as of Tuesday became the youngest entrant in the history of the Open championship. Following Paul Casey's withdrawal from the tournament on Monday, Zhang was awarded the berth despite losing a qualifier last Monday at a playoff in the Florida Sectional. Zhang is already in San Francisco and has signed in for the week.

Despite being the youngest, Zhang will not stick out solely due to his age; the teenager stands six-feet tall and weighs close to 200 pounds. He will be play a practice round with Bubba Watson and Aaron Baddeley on Tuesday.

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