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Mulder returns to Waterloo Open after wrist surgery

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Brock Mulder is back in his hometown. The former amateur champion of the Waterloo Open and current pro hadn't been in the field at all the past 3 years.

"I've hit a lot of good golf shots on this golf course," said Mulder, "and competed in this tournament a lot of times, but today was a little different."

The Waterloo West alum opened up shooting 8 over par on Friday, which isn't exactly remarkable, but what is remarkable is the fact that he's even out on the course at all.

"I was playing in Q school and hit one off the toe (of the club) and exploded the tendons, they had to do a bunch of stuff to it."

Mulder's describing a wrist injury from three years ago which doctors told him would end his golf career forever. He would walk away from the game he loved, but 6 months ago after caddying for a friend he attempted a swing for the first time in years.

"He gave me a club and I hit a couple shots and thought 'that doesn't hurt,' recalls Mulder. "I kind of turned the volume up a bit and tried longer and longer clubs. We played 36 holes the next day, and it was one of the happiest days of my life."

Six months later, despite struggling in the first round, Brock Mulder is happy to be back home.

"I still got to walk the fairways with my brother, come back to Irv Warren, and get to experience this whole tournament again," he said, "because it's one of my favorite tournaments in the world."

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