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Like most of us, I just finished watching a great US Open at Olympic.  This was just what I needed to stop pouting over injury and get excited about golf again.  Cheers to the USGA for restoring the championship’s claim as the toughest test in golf.  It was done with length but not solely with length.  The constant sidehill lies and reverse sloping landing areas saw the effective width of the fairways reduced to bacon strips.  Greens were small and fast enough to discern between shots played from fairway vs. rough.  There was a great mix of contenders on the final day:  McDowell, Els, Dufner, Furyk, Toms… every component of a player’s makeup was tested and it was fun to see players emerge and fall apart as the final round played out.  At the end of the day the winner was the guy who shot 68, 68 on the weekend and nobody was up to the task of taking it away from him.  Sad to see Furyk falter at the end after trying so hard but he was out of juice at the end of the marathon and Woods never got it together on the weekend.   Congrats to Webb and to Olympic Club for redeeming Congressional, representing for old school courses, and reminding us that accuracy should be a critical component of championship golf.

As for US Open history – I’ve attached this year’s media guide which has a nice compilation of US Open results through the years and also some loose footage from the 1955 Hogan – Fleck duel.

U.S. Open <– Download Link

 

 

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