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Open pick-me-up for Michael Whitehead

Updated: June 14, 2011, 4:15 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

Michael Whitehead was on the highway, driving back to Houston, when his cell phone rang.

It was a USGA official.

"The lady said, 'You still have a spot in the U.S. Open if you want it. Tiger Woods has withdrawn,'" Whitehead said. "So I was just like, 'Absolutely. Of course I'll take it. I'll take it now.'"

Instead of playing with some buddies from June 16-19, Whitehead will be playing in his first major championship at Congressional Country Club.

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