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If: U.S. Open Edition

The Payne Stewart Statue at Pinehurst No. 2 will have plenty to watch this week in Pinehurst, N.C. (John Mummert, USGA)
The Payne Stewart Statue at Pinehurst No. 2 will have plenty to watch this week in Pinehurst, N.C. (John Mummert, USGA)

If you are wondering who the happiest people in golf are today, there is a five-way tie.

It was announced this morning that Bernd Wiesberger, Kevin Na, Cameron Wilson, Jeff Barlow and Brandon McIver got the last five spots into the field for this week’s U.S. Open.


Wiesberger and Na got in by being in the top 60 in the world rankings as of Monday. The other three were alternates, chosen from the sectionals, once the latest world rankings were determined.


 

If Inbee Park could putt for Phil Mickelson this week at Pinehurst No. 2, he would win the U. S. Open by 10 shots.


 

If Phil Mickelson could play all the full swings for Park the following week at Pinehurst No. 2, she would win the U.S. Women’s Open by 20 shots.


 

If butterflies had shoes, they’d be butterwalkers.


 

If that 11-hole Web.com playoff won by Steven Alker against Dawie van der Walt had gone any longer, LeBron James would’ve have gotten cramps just watching.


 

If all tournaments on the Champions Tour were team events, Jeff Sluman would never lose.


 

If “nice” was currency and you could convert it into dollars, the net worth of the two captains – Nick Price and Jay Haas – for the next Presidents Cup would run into the trillions.


 

If Ben Crane, a winner in Memphis on Sunday, wins Comeback Player of the Year, he will savor it. Slowly.


 

If it rains, as predicted, every day at Pinehurst Thursday through Sunday, it will be a miracle if No. 2 doesn’t look “beat up” by the time women get on the course for their first round June 19.


 

If, on the other hand, the USGA pulls off this logistical challenge it has created for itself, they should hang the portraits of Tom O’Toole and Mike Davis on a prominent wall at the Pine Crest Inn.


 

If you are lucky or connected enough to get a table for dinner at the Pine Crest this week, order the pork chop. You won’t be disappointed.

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