Golf / US Open: The spotlight will finally be on the US Golf Open

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BROOKLINE, Massachusetts. – The US Golf Open is not the first major tournament to take place on US soil to be relegated to the background, lost amid chatter and innuendo about birdie and bogey issues.

Golf was no longer the main concern on the eve of the 1990 PGA Championship in Shoal Creek, Alabama. The club’s founder had said that he would not be pressured into accepting a black member. Corporate sponsors began pulling their television ads, protests were organized, and Shoal Creek granted membership to a black insurance industry executive a week before the tournament.

Until the first tee shot, most of the news had focused on the controversy and its impact on golf, rather than Nick Faldo’s chances of winning his third Grand Slam of the year.

In 2003, activist Martha Burk requested that the Augusta National Club, home of the Masters Tournament, accept a woman as a member, to which club president Hootie Johnson responded that that day might come, but “not at the end of the day.” bayonet”.

Tiger Woods was aiming for his third consecutive Masters win, a feat that had never been achieved, and reporters asked him 10 questions about social problems and the chaos in Augusta. Then when Thursday came around, rain canceled the first round.

The difference is that the US Open has been relegated to the background due to developments for which its organizers are not responsible. This return to Brookline comes a week after the first LIV Golf tournament, financed by a Saudi fund, was held in London.

Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, the top two quitters, are among 14 players suspended by the PGA Tour for signing up for the new Tour and competing at the US Open this weekend.

Mickelson defended his decision. Rory McIlroy said players who signed up for the 54-hole no-limit, guaranteed-money events were “taking the easy way out.”

Mickelson received nothing but applause and support, not as sustained as in previous years, during his practice rounds. He can expect some performances of “Happy Birthday” in the first round from him on Thursday, which will coincide with his 52nd birthday.

In general, the US Open requires more precision than power, as well as patience. However, the most recent editions have favored the toughest: Jon Rahm last year, Bryson DeChambeau at the Winged Foot course, Gary Woodland at Pebble Beach, as well as Brooks Koepka in back-to-back years and Johnson at Oakmont.

Above all, this is an opportunity to make history and win the second oldest championship in golf. That should be enough to hold the public’s attention for four days.

“We’re here in a major tournament, we’re here to win the US Open, and we’re here to beat everyone else that’s part of this golf contingent, this great golf contingent,” Collin said. Morikawa, winner of two career Grand Slams.

“That’s what it’s about. »

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