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June 20 2010

7:43 PM

Martin loves experience

Pablo Martin played his final round in two hours, 39 minutes on Sunday. And when he and his non-playing marker left the 18th green, he was greeted by appreciative cheers of "Pablo, Pablo!"

“The U.S. Open is the best atmosphere I’ve seen in any other tournament I’ve played in," Martin said. "This is exactly the way golf should be right now. It is so much fun for us and for the crowd."

Martin was the nation's top collegian in 2007 when he was a student at Oklahoma State. He was the first amateur to win a European Tour event in 2007 and made his pro debut later that year at the U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he tied for 30th.

Martin, who is from Malega, Spain, didn’t fare quite as well this year. He shot a final-round 79 and finished at 27 over but  joked that he was happy to get to play Pebble Beach for free.

“It was a fun week even though I played crap," Martin said. "Sometimes, it goes that way and sometimes, it goes the other way. I’m really glad that I made it into the U.S. Open and that I made the cut. I need to keep working. It would be nice to come back in nine years.”

The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach in 2019 for the course’s 100th anniversary. – Helen Ross

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