15-Year-Old Gets Choked Up Teeing Off at US Open Cole Hammer wipes away a tear By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 18, 2015 1:45 PM CDT 13 comments Comments Cole Hammer, 15, during a practice round. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Newser) – The veterans teeing off at the US Open today might consider that first shot business as usual, but for one very-much-not-veteran golfer, it was anything but. Cole Hammer is just 15, the third youngest golfer to qualify for the major, and he clearly struggled with his emotions before his initial shot today. The AP reports that he had to wipe away a tear as he prepared to hit—and he still managed par. "This means the world to me," the Texan previously told the Dallas Morning News. You can track his progress at ESPN here.