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Something ails the U.S. Open

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm •  Published: June 22, 2009

The U.S. Open is my favorite golf tournament, and Father’s Day annually is one of my favorite sports days of the year. The final round always seems to be filled with drama.

But something is wrong with the Open, and I’m not talking about the rain, which has stretched out this Open like the NBA playoffs.

Why are unaccomplished golfers excelling in the Open? It’s not just Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover, two relative unknowns. It’s happened frequently in the past, guys who have never won much of anything rise to the top and sometimes win.

Barnes, for instance, never has so much as finished in the top 10 of a PGA Tour event. Is it possible that the layout of Open courses results in dumb luck? Possible that the generally-tough layouts result in a crapshoot, in which talent is negated?

I don’t know. I just know that watching the likes of Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover is not what made the final day of the U.S. Open one of the best days in sport.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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