BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS | Mercifully, the moment has arrived when politics and posturing can be set aside. Pencils are in hand. And the U.S. Open is about the golf.
If things go well, by sundown Thursday the complaining will not be about insurgent golf leagues but about the wicked rough at The Country Club and pin positions set by Lucifer himself.
If it’s possible for a U.S. Open to be an afterthought even as it is unfolding, that has been the case to this point.
Mike Whan is hopeful that golf can take center stage at the U.S. Open. Photo: Chris Keane, USGA
“We’re praying that changes (today),” USGA CEO Mike Whan said Wednesday.
He’s not alone.
To this point, it has been about turmoil outside the competition. LIV Golf isn’t just taking players; it’s threatening to steal the U.S. Open’s notorious thunder.
No tournament – sorry, no championship – induces more angst than the U.S. Open traditionally does. If some players aren’t complaining about the setup this week, it will be like Halloween without the candy.
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