A special Father's Day at U.S. Open for Parziales

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Happy Father's Day, Vic Parziale.

Now get to work.

The retired Brockton, Massachusetts firefighter will be spending the day at the U.S. Open, carrying the bag for his son, Matt, in the final round. Matt Parziale earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Mid-Amateur, and then became the first mid-am to make the cut in 15 years.


The Parziales say they don't usually make a big deal about Father's Day.

This one is different.

"It's special," Vic Parziale said. "It's the best one ever."

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Both Parziales were firefighters as their real jobs. Matt is on leave from work to play in the Open and a couple of other tournaments. Vic is retired, but quickly found work as his son's caddie.

He thinks he's got a future.

"I keep my mouth shut and carry the bag. If he asks me a question, I answer it. I haven't gotten fired yet," he said after the third round. "Can't find anybody cheaper."