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Factory worker qualifies for Open Championship
When I first stumbled upon this story, I thought for a minute that it had to be a leaked script for a new sports-inspired Disney movie.
Turns out the story of John Singleton is, indeed, real life.
And it's awesome.
Singleton is a 30-year-old factory worker -- resin plant mixer -- at Advanced Electrical Varnishes in Birkenhead, England.
Borrowing two wedges from a friend, Singleton earned a spot in next week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool via a qualifier at Hillside Golf Club in Southport last Tuesday.
Singleton shot rounds of 72-66 in the 36-hole qualifier before advancing in a playoff.
The only question left was whether or not Singleton would be able to get the time off of work to play in the Open.
His boss came up aces.
Singleton was granted two weeks off -- this week so he can practice and next week so he can compete. On top of that, his boss wanted to be fair to the other workers.
"Because we cut John some slack we thought we ought to cut everybody else some," Richard Tweddle said. "We gave them a day's holiday and said if they want to take it on Thursday and go to the Open we would buy them tickets."
How cool is that?