James Hahn tees off during a practice round prior to the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 18, 2017.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's bad news for one golfer is good for another: first alternate James Hahn snagged a spot in the 2017 Open Championship today after Brandt Snedeker withdrew with a rib injury. Hahn flew to Manchester on July 14 without a guaranteed place in the field, but his 5,000-mile journey from California to the U.K. turned out to be worth the gamble.

Soon after Snedeker announced that he was injured and returning to Nashville, Hahn, 35, posted an ecstatic selfie on the course at Royal Birkdale. "The moment you find out you're playing in the Open Championship! Let's go!" he wrote.

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