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Zhang, 14, loses US Open qualifier playoff

Andy Zhang, a 14-year-old from China, nearly made golf history by becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Unfortunately, for the youngster who attends IMG Golf Academy, Florida, he narrowly missed a 33-footer for eagle in regulation play. Zhang would then go on to lose the playoff to Brooks Koepka, eight years his senior, in the first extra hole of play.

Had he been successful Zhang would have been the youngest player in U.S. Open history by some margin, topping Japanese-American Tadd Fujikawa's six-year record by over a year.

“I put everything I could into (his 12 footer for birdie on the first playoff hole),” Zhang said. “My dad told me as long as I tried my best that’s all that mattered.”

There was happier news at the other end of the age spectrum, where U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, 48, successfully qualified for the U.S. Open, despite having just taken part in a lengthy tournament at the Memorial on Sunday.

"Like last year, statistically I hit the ball well enough at the U.S. and the British to win," he said. "I definitely want to play."

This will be Love's 23rd appearance at the major championship that takes place on June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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