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The People's Open

Originally Published: June 12, 2002
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

One of the reasons why this week's U.S. Open at Bethpage Black is dubbed "The People's Open," is because any golfer can play the tough course that will be tackled by the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh.

For a weekend rate of $39 per round, a golfer can play the vaunted Black Course, one of five 18-hole courses at Bethpage Golf Course, part of the Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. The 7,214-yard, par-70 Black is the longest in U.S. Open history.

"The fact ...

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