Luiten's waiting game at Open for naught

Joost Luiten during the 2013 Irish Open.

Joost Luiten during the 2013 Irish Open.

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A rather talented golfer, Joost Luiten of the Netherlands, found himself in a tough spot Thursday at the Open Championship.

Luiten had the first alternate's spot at Muirfield and showed up ready to go.

At the same time, rumors had swirled that Louis Oosthuizen was too injured to play, perhaps giving the winner of the Lyoness Open in June some hope to play in the major.

Here are a couple of photos and a few thoughts that Luiten shared via his Twitter account, @joostluiten, while hanging onto hope earlier today:

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The day started off with optimism and the "Be Prepared" mantra worthy of a Boy Scout, yardage book in hand:

"Atil first reserve,played practice round, course is in good shape!Lets hope that I NEED this yardage book this week! pic.twitter.com/GfSkZGLpgU"

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After arriving, patience became a virtue:

"On the course since 6am!Stil first reserve! Wil be a long day of waiting!! We will see what happens, hopefully the waiting pays off!!"

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Patience turned to distraction, and out came the camera again:

"Stil hanging around and waiting. No good news for me yet. After 7 hours of waiting this lounge gets boring!! pic.twitter.com/DT3y8VgLZg

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Finally, resignation was inevitable as the full field was off to a start – and for some, an early end shortly thereafter:

"Thanks to @peterhanson17 and oosthuizen I am not playing the open! Tough to see them booth withdraw after a few holes! But thats golf!!!"

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And before long, it was back to anticipation:

"Flying back home now!! Tough luck this year but we will be back strong next year!!!few weeks off now!! Next PGA championship!!!"

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