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2012 U.S. Open Golf: Andy Zhang Will Become Youngest-Ever Entrant In Prestigious Event

The 2012 U.S. Open was already inundated with no shortage of narratives and storylines to watch. Would Tiger Woods return to form and tie the all-time record for most U.S. Open titles? Could Rory McIlroy become one of the few golfers to win back-to-back titles at the event? Now there will be one more narrative to watch at the Grand Slam event, which begins on Thursday: will the youngest-ever entrant into the U.S. Open make an impact?

On Monday, Paul Casey withdrew from the U.S. Open. His withdrawal opened a slot for an alternate. Now, Andy Zhang -- a native of China who has lived in the United States since he was 10 -- will become the youngest entrant to ever play in the U.S. Open.

Zhang is an amateur who, at 14 years old, stands at six feet tall. He has already signed in for the week and was set to play a practice session on Tuesday with Bubba Watson and Aaron Baddeley.

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