Speedy Martin soaks in U.S. Open Sunday

Pablo Martin during a U.S. Open practice round.


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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Pablo Martin was the first player to tee off on U.S. Open Sunday and breezed around Pebble Beach in 2 hours, 39 minutes. He left the 18th green to cheers of, “Pablo! Pablo!” after shooting 79 to finish at 27-over 311.

“Me and my caddie, it was a nice walk, checking the course,” said Martin, 24, of Malaga, Spain. “Pretty cool. It’s so nice over here in Pebble Beach. I’m happy we can get to play for free.”

Martin laid his eyes on Pebble Beach for the first time this week and called it the “best atmosphere” of any tournament he’s ever played.

“This is exactly the way golf should be,” Martin said. “It was a fun week even though I played like crap. Sometimes it goes that way and sometimes it goes the other way. I need to keep working. It would be nice to come back in nine years.”

Martin won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December for his second European Tour victory. In 2007 he won the 2007 Portugal Open as an amateur. He is the first player to win as an amateur and a professional on the European Tour.

Martin, who was making his third U.S. Open appearance, missed the cut at the 2009 and tied for 30th in 2007.

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