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.
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.