Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Par for the Course? Not This U.S. Open.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Of the Journal

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Whatever else can be said about it, the U.S. Open is the golf tournament for the masses.

Fringe golf fans watch the Masters as much for the splendor of the course as for the golf itself. They watch the British Open hoping to see tree-tipping winds pound away at golfers helpless to defend themselves. They tune in to the PGA because, well, in mid-August it's too stinking hot to be mowing the lawn and golf on TV beats yard work any day.

For four days in June, the deed to the U.S. Open is owned by all of us. It is community property, everyone's to share.

But this was not the Open as we've come to know it. For three days, Olympia Fields Country Club was torn up as if this were the B.C. Open instead of the U.S. Open. The traditionalists cringed. An avalanche of red numbers must really have been an affront to their par-conscious sensibility. …

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