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Club pro, drummer headed to Open

Updated: December 28, 2012, 5:30 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPN.com

SUMMIT, N.J. -- Bruce Springsteen had fired him in 1974, and as he stood outside the Canoe Brook Country Club, stood there as a caddie who helped his man qualify for the U.S. Open, Vini Lopez did not blink when asked why he was banished by the Boss.

"I'm not a sheep," he said. "I didn't blindly follow Bruce. In fact, the only person I've ever blindly followed in my life is standing right there."

The original drummer and founding father of the E Street Band was pointing ...

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