Friday, June 15

A 12-Year-Old Golf Fan With a Homemade Periscope

Editor’s note: I’m at the Olympic Club in San Francisco all week for the 112th U.S. Open Championship.

IT DIDN’T MATTER THAT RORY MCILROY was 10-over par and on his way to a missed cut as the defending U.S. Open champion. Corey Cato was rooting for the Northern Irishman. McIlory, last year’s hero at Congressional, was young Cato’s man. The 12-year-old boy was attending the 2012 U.S. Open on Friday with his father.

Cato had fashioned a homemade periscope made of cardboard and held together with masking tape. He peered through his one-of-a-kind viewing device alongside the 7th fairway on a Chamber of Commerce day at the Olympic Club. The boy from Vacaville, California, took up the game of golf at the age of 7. He said he doesn’t bother to keep score. He just plays for fun.

Father and son attended one other U.S. Open, the 2010 championship at Pebble Beach.

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