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Long, strange trip for Open qualifiers

Originally Published: June 11, 2010
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

There is a scene in the film "Tin Cup" in which the fictitious-yet-realistic Roy McAvoy describes the U.S. Open as "not just the biggest golf tournament in the world -- the most democratic."

Asked to clarify, McAvoy delivers an impassioned speech that could serve as liner notes for the United States Golf Association's annual program.

"I mean, it's open," he says. "Anyone's got a shot at it. You just gotta get past a local and a sectional qualifier, and unlike Doral or ...

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