Sam Saunders misses 4-inch putt, U.S. Open
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Sam Saunders misses 4-inch putt, U.S. Open

Qualifying for the U.S. Open can be a matter of inches. For Sam Saunders, it was 4 inches, to be exact.

Saunders missed a 4-inch putt during the 36-hole sectional qualifier at Woodmont C.C. in Rockville, Md., on Monday that eventually landed him in a 3-for-1 playoff for a spot in next week's 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, just outside of Philadelphia. Saunders finished as the second alternate out of the Woodmont site, leaving him unlikely to get into the second major of the year.

This Sam Saunders, however, is the grandson of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, not the Sam Saunders that is 21 years old, hails from New Mexico (as he was listed on the U.S. Open website) and is on the University of New Mexico's golf team.

Either way, it's a heartbreaking miss.

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