John Nieporte is heading to his first U.S. Open.
The 46-year-old club pro in West Palm Beach battled 15-year-old David Snyder in a sudden death playoff over two holes before darkness suspended play in Monday's sectional qualifier at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
So the duo returned Tuesday morning to complete the playoff, and Nieporte wasted little time punching his ticket to Philadelphia next week.
Nieporte drained a 10-footer on the 17th hole, the third playoff hole, to secure his spot at Merion Golf Club, site of the 113th U.S. Open.
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He joined Ireland's Kevin Phelan and Ohio's John Hahn, who earned entry after their 36-hole scores were good for 9-under and 8-under par totals, respectively on Monday.Nieporte and Snyder were tied at 7-under, which forced a playoff for the final berth from the lone Florida sectional.
Nieporte got himself into the playoff with a stirring final nine holes that included birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 wrapped around a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole from 194 yards.He also three-putted his final hole for a bogey, but recovered with the winning playoff putt on Tuesday.