Year's second major truly an "Open"
There's a simple reason the USGA doesn't refer to the crown jewel of its annual schedule as the U.S. Tournament or the U.S. Invitational.
No, the year's second major championship is called the U.S. Open for quite literal reasons. Any player -- professional or amateur -- with an approved handicap index of 1.4 or better is eligible to attempt to qualify for the event.
It's for this very reason that come next week, the 156 players teeing it up at Bethpage State Park's Black ...
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ROAD TO THE U.S. OPEN
The 2008 U.S. Open was one for the ages when Tiger Woods -- on a broken leg and with a torn ACL -- held off Rocco Mediate in a playoff. What's in store for 2009 when the national championship returns to Bethpage Black on June 18? As the year's second major approaches, ESPN.com will track the story lines leading into the U.S. Open. Tee times