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Paul Goydos called the 2008 Open Championship the coolest event he's ever played. (Rogash/Getty Images)

Goydos can't wait to return to Open, no matter his route

Paul Goydos is so excited to have qualified for the Open that he doesn't care how he gets there. His trip to Turnberry includes stops in Kentucky and California before he makes it across the Atlantic.

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) -- Even as his Open Championship prospects starting looking good, Paul Goydos decided against reworking his schedule to play in the John Deere Classic so he could take the charter to Turnberry. Players are to make a charitable donation to ride on the charter, and it's far less than first-class airfare to Britain.

Goydos played in a charity event for Steve Flesch on Monday in northern Kentucky, then went home to California for the week. He would get a little time off, even if it would cost him a lot more money.

With that came a shrug and perspective.

"If you're concerned about the amount of airfare, maybe I should just go to Milwaukee," he said. "No disrespect whatsoever to Milwaukee. My point is, maybe you should be playing somewhere else."

His hotel room at Turnberry was going to run him about $800 a night, with a minimum stay. Goydos did some quick math -- remember, he was a substitute teacher -- and figured the trip would cost him about $20,000.

Sounds like the old days, when some players actually lost money by playing the Open.

"Well, back then they went by boat," he said.

He played the Open for the first time last year, missed the cut, and called it the coolest tournament he ever played.

"I would look forward to eating lunch with the spectators," Goydos said before he qualified. "Remember that big concession they had by the practice green at Birkdale? Ate fish and chips there probably four times that week. Loved it."

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