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Junior Golf: It’s U.S. Open Time

Today, in this Wednesday Waggle, we’re taking a quick look at the week. It’s the 2nd men’s major championship of 2017 and that means it’s U.S. Open time!

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Erin Hills Golf Course, 35 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the site, hosting the 1st ever U.S. Open to be played in the state.

Let’s skip right to a very important point if you are at all serious about junior golf and golf, in general. Please make sure your TV package includes the channels which carry golf tournaments and add any of the following that you are missing: Golf Channel, NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN and the ESPN2’s, etc, Fox, FS1 and related channels and TNT.

This week it’s Fox’s turn to host another U.S. Open after a shaky start with clumsy announcers 2 years ago, although slightly improved last year. The players and the course make the event and solid golf broadcasters are certainly important but there will be tons of excitement no matter the quality of the announcers. So Thursday and Friday the tournament is on FS1 from 10:00am-5:00pm, central time. Saturday and Sunday it’s on regular Fox from 10:00am-7:00pm and be sure to record at least 2 hours after 7:00pm, just in case.

This playoff situation is a bit different. If 2 golfers are tied at the end of 72-holes, they return the next day for an 18-hole playoff. If 3 or more golfers are tied at the end of 72-holes, they go into a sudden-death playoff.

Why is this tournament important for a junior golfer? It’s 1 of only 4 major championships annually and it is also regarded as the Men’s National Golf Championship of the United States. Yes, the winner is the National Champion! Sounds pretty good, right?

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Now if you want to rev your kiddo up a bit, boy or girl, and you, your spouse and the rest of the family, record The Greatest Game Ever Played. This is based on the true story of how young Francis Ouimet overcame prejudice and huge obstacles to defeat the greatest golfers of the age and win the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. It is a great movie and will have your whole family ready to golf play some golf. This is inspiring, truly inspiring! It airs 2x this Friday on The Golf Channel. Record it, it’s worth it!

So please make sure you have all these channels in your television package. Likely you have the Fox channels, so you can enjoy this week’s major. And get the TiVo! Most of the tv we watch is recorded, it is so convenient and saves a lot of time.

The players are already complaining about the insanely long rough, so the USGA mowed it down a bit. But 1 of the trademark characteristics of a true U.S. Open venue is long, tough rough. It would be nice to be able to find your ball, however.

OK, turn on the tv and set up your recordings. It’s U.S. Open time!

See you on #1 tee ready to stay out of that long rough… Sam

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Junior Golf: The U. S. Open

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will look at the 2nd men’s major tournament of 2016 which starts tomorrow. This is often referred to as The United States National Championship. We are talking about, of course, the men’s U.S. Open Golf Championship. (photo golfdigest.com)img_0102

Oakmont Country Club Western Pennsylvania is the site and this course is regarded as the toughest course that PGA players have ever competed on. So what is an Open event? It’s pretty straightforward as the event is open to professionals and amateurs as long as they meet the requirements. Playing in a U.S. Open is a big deal, a dream for any serious golfer. Ways to qualify include various rankings in the PGA Tour, special amateur wins and certain international wins. There are also qualifiers where a GHIN (golf handicap index) of 1.4 or less enables you to submit your entry a. The good news is that this largest field in golf, 156 entries, has 80 players from sectional qualifiers. This is great stuff, but keep in mind that more than 10,000 guys enter the sectionals to go after these 80 available spots. You must play great to earn a spot in the qualifiers.

Now, if your young man makes it to the actual tournament the fun really begins. Phil Mickelson said that Oakmont is probably the toughest course the PGA has ever played. Folks, that’s an intimidating statement! The greens are faster than any the pros have seen. The fairways have a bunch of slope, so keeping a tee shot in play is very difficult. The 1st cut of the rough is moderate, read-perhaps a chance to hit the green and the 2nd cut is just brutal leaving the bat players in the world virtually no chance of getting on the green. The traps have a huge amount of new soft sand added to them, so hitting the ball from a trap is more of an advancing shot, rather than potential scoring shot. Oh, and the greens have tremendous undulations. (photo ococean.com)image

To be fair, the USGA intends for this event to be the most mentally and physically demanding golf event anywhere. And they accomplish it! It is certainly possible for them to set up the course as a fair, albeit very tough test and hopefully this is what is done. For example, have you ever heard the term, U. S. Open rough? Usually this refers to long, deep and difficult to sometimes find and play the ball out of and it’s a tradition at this tournament. Well, that’s what you’ll see if a ball gets into the 2nd cut this week at Oakmont.

TV coverage is on Fox and after their disastrous broadcasting last year, they have upped their announcing crew by adding Paul Azinger, who has a great golf IQ and is quite knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. I’m excited to hear him as Paul always gives genuine golf nuggets that should be written down or at least noted. So tomorrow’s TV runs from 9am-4pm, central time on FS1, same on Friday, then at 4pm those days it switches to regular Fox until 7pm. Saturday and Sunday it’s 10am-6pm, central time, all on your regular Fox channel. Set those Tivos because this will be great stuff! And playoffs in the U. S. Open are 18-holes played the next day following completion of the standard 72-holes, Monday.

See you on #1 tee looking ready for tough rough… Sam

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