Mardy Fish gave up tennis and is now playing golf, successfully

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Forget Michael Phelps, forget Tony Romo, forget Ray Allen, this is a true crossover sport success story.

Mardy Fish -- who has apparently stepped away from tennis after being top 10 in the world just two years ago because of a mysterious heart issue and some "personal demons" -- is trying to qualify for the US Open.

Not just trying, either. He shot a 73 at TPC Valencia outside Los Angeles in a U.S. Open local qualifier earlier this week.

He's now the first alternate 

Fish told the USGA how much different golf is than tennis.

"I was always sort of a proponent [in tennis] of stepping on someone’s throat when you got the momentum or you could sense the guy was hurting a little bit or was tired," he said. "I always told myself, work hard the next 15, 20 minutes and you’ll be in the locker room with a win. You just can’t do that out here."

No, he didnt' outright qualify and he likely won't move on but just the ability to be this competitive in two of the most difficult sports in the world is incredibly impressive.

h/t GolfDigest

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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