By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Alex Aragon was eating breakfast at Cordevalle at 6:45 a.m. Thursday when he learned he got in the Frys.com Open field. Aragon, the tournament’s first alternate, got a spot in the 7:50 a.m. threesome after John Merrick withdrew with injury.
Aragon made the most of the opportunity, shooting a 3-under 68 that had him in fourth place when he completed his round. Aragon, 34, played collegiate golf at Stanford, an hour’s drive north of CordeValle, but only had played the course in a U.S. Open local qualifier in college and nine holes Tuesday.
“I’d resigned myself to zero (percent chance of playing),” said Aragon, who graduated from the Web.com Tour in 2013. “I’d already come to terms with not being able to play, but I guess I’ll have to send John Merrick a little gift basket.
“It was the perfect tee time, because had it been a little earlier I would’ve had no warm-up time and if it was in the afternoon I would’ve been sitting around all day.”