The U.S. Open
The U.S. Open
The U.S. Open is one of the four majors in golf that are played each year. Each year the tournament is held at a different venue. Each course is normally set up in a way that a good score is par. So many of the tournaments on tour the winning score will be way below par. The U.S. Open is normally a very different because of importance placed on accurate driving. U.S. Open play is normally a tight race with leaders around par.
Normally, at an Open course you will always hear stories about the long primary rough and the fast greens.
The United States Open Championship is the second major and is played in June every year. It’s kind of a fun tradition that as long as there are no delays in play the final round is played on Fathers Day every year. This tournament does still hold onto an 18 hole playoff that is held on the Monday after the tournament. If players are still tied at the end of the playoff it turns to sudden death from that point until there is a winner.
Ever since 1895 this tournament has been being played and some of the more memorable golf events have happened during U.S. Open Championships. The 2013 U.S. Open will be played at the Marion Golf Club, par will be 70 on the beautiful and challenging 6,996 yard golf course. One thing you will notice in 2013 at Marion is that there are no flags on the greens. The flag sticks have wicker baskets rested on top of them.
It has become tough to be able to play in a tournament like this and there are some qualifications to have. Don’t think you can just go warm up and go play because you heard amateurs have won this thing before.
But if you are a golfer amateur or professional with an up to date USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or lower you can go to U.S. Open qualifying tournaments to be able to play your way into the tournament. You never know what you might see at these qualifying tournaments. Check out this old lady driving a car on golf course at U.S. Open qualifying tournament. Normally almost half of the people playing have qualified this way. Then there are the players in the tournament that were exempt from qualifying.
As of 2012 the following criteria got you an exemption:
- Winners of the U.S. Open for the last ten years
- Winner and runner-up from the previous year’s U.S. Amateur
- Winner of the previous year’s Amateur Championship
- The previous year’s Mark H McCormack Medal winner for the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world
- Winners of each of Masters Tournament, Open Championship, and PGA Championship for the last five years
- Winners of the last three Players Championship
- Winner of the current year’s BMW PGA Championship
- Winner of the last U.S. Senior Open
- Top 10 finishers and ties from the previous year’s U.S. Open
- Players who qualified for the previous year’s Tour Championship
- The top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of two weeks before the start of the tournament
- The top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of the tournament date
- All remaining spots after the second top 60 Official World Golf Ranking cutoff date filled by alternates from qualifying tournaments.
Now you can see that it is not that easy to get into the tournament but if your game is on point like that get out there and try. Its golf so you never know what could happen.
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