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At Bethpage Black, expect no letup

Updated: August 23, 2012, 2:52 PM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- At the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, the par-4, 525-yard seventh hole was the longest par-4 in U.S. Open history. It was the USGA's latest effort to keep up with the advancements in ball and club technology. But Bethpage was holding its own against Father Time. It didn't need much course doctoring to stay relevant.

In the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens at Bethpage Black, the seventh hole played as the fourth-hardest hole. In '09, only the 501-yard, par-4 12th hole rendered ...

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