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A Long Way
AUSTIN MURPHY
June 26, 2006
He didn't make it to the weekend, but simply by playing his way from Zambia to Winged Foot, Madalitso Muthiya was a big winner at the U.S. Open
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June 26, 2006

A Long Way

He didn't make it to the weekend, but simply by playing his way from Zambia to Winged Foot, Madalitso Muthiya was a big winner at the U.S. Open

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Madalitso was philosophical. "Obviously, the last two days I didn't drive straight," he said. "One of the things I have to learn how to do is to salvage a round, even when I'm hitting the ball badly."

He was more inclined to talk about the upside. He'd been encouraged by his practice round with Singh, of which he said, "I felt like, a lot of times, I had almost the same shots he did. Of course I need to keep improving, to keep growing mentally, but this experience showed me I'm not that far away. It showed me I can compete with the best players in the world."

With that, Muthiya disappeared through the doors of Winged Foot's handsome stone clubhouse, the first leg of a remarkable journey complete.

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