On Monday, Cole Hammer became the third-youngest player in history to qualify for the U.S. Open golf championship. He accomplished the feat by shooting incredible rounds of 64 and 68 — back-to-back on the same day — at Dallas’ Northwood Club to finish as low amateur at the site’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier. The Kinkaid School golf star was one of just six golfers to qualify for the Open from Northeast Texas at the Dallas club.
The feat adds a new chapter to the legend of a phenomh who was previously best known for committing his collegiate future to the University of Texas at the ripe age of 13. As noted by the Houston Chronicle, he had to qualify just to compete at the sectional championship in Dallas and did so by carding a 68 at his local qualifier in suburban Houston, at Deerwood Country Club in Kingwood.
So what powered Hammer’s admittedly premature rise to U.S. Open qualifying glory? A hot hand with the driver and a renewed belief that age doesn’t have to be a factor in sporting success, inspired by — you guessed it — new Masters champion Jordan Spieth.
“I never dreamed I could do it,” Hammer told Golf.com. “This means the world to me. When I saw Jordan win the Masters, I said, ‘Alright, I can do this.'”
He was right, and his two-round heroics have turned him into a junior golf hero before he even tees off in Washington to compete for the Open title.