``I had dreamed since I teed it up that I was going to play with the big boys. After college, I continued to dream about it. I wanted it to happen and it did happen!'' Hall wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Saturday, a day after carding a 68-74 and missing the cut at Brown Deer Park.
``I felt like I arrived. It's only a matter of time before I get better and consistent enough to play out there.''
Hall, a 22-year-old from Cincinnati, said he has four stops scheduled on the Nationwide Tour. He's already made three starts on the circuit, including two as a pro, since winning the Big Ten championship at Ohio State in 2004.
When he was invited to Milwaukee on a sponsor's exemption, the PGA Tour searched unsuccessfully for records of any other professional golfers who were deaf.
A bout with meningitis stole Hall's hearing when he was a youngster, so it wasn't necessary for the marshals to raise the ``QUIET'' signs when he teed off. But they did anyway.
And he gathered as big a gallery as any of the other 155 golfers Friday. Fans gave him thumbs-up and high-fives between holes. He communicated with his parents via sign language and with his caddie and playing partners by reading lips and typing text messages into his cell phone/organizer.
Hall was one of 15 golfers who had to play 36 holes Friday because of thunderstorms the day before, and he tuckered out on his ``back 18,'' missing the cut by four strokes.
Playing the course twice ``wore me out,'' he wrote. ``I'm used to playing 36 holes in college but man, it's different on the PGA Tour with the pace of play, the crowd and the pin position. It takes a lot out of you mentally and physically.''
He said he had butterflies but quickly gained his composure.
``I was nervous on the first tee. I stood over the ball and the first thought was, 'What the heck did I get myself into?' and of course I blocked the ball way right,'' he wrote. ``I calmed down with a good swing on No. 3, a 7 iron from 165 that stopped 5 feet from the hole.
``The more people that came out to watch, the calmer I got. I got used to it.''
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