What is the U.S. Open?

Golf Digest writers and editors discuss what distinguishes the national championship from any other major.

Released on 6/15/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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The U.S. Open is carnage, pure and simple.
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It's the greatest championship, it's the most
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important one, it's the one that players value the most,
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and there's a reason for that.
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The margin of error is the smallest,
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the ball control needed is the greatest,
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the amount of nerve needed is the greatest,
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the skill level is the highest.
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The U.S. Open is the one event that puts a premium
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on mental toughness; just making par any way you can.
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It is the one week out of the year that we can expect
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the best players in the world to get their butt kicked.
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It's different than these other events where
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you know that if you make a mistake you can
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kind of bounce back.
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At the U.S. Open when you make a mistake
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you pay the price, more often than not.
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It may not be the most entertaining to watch
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all the time, cause you're not seeing a lot of birdies,
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but in the players' mind, it's like this unceasing challenge
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that never ends, it's just a grind.
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What the U.S. Open does each year is it really connects
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the common golfer to the pro.
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When we watch the U.S. Open on TV, we can empathize
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with these guys making bogie after bogie
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and see their plight of being, having their skills
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overmatched by the golf course.
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It's more like us.
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It's the golf that we play.
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We make bogies, we hit in in the rough,
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we chop it out, it takes everything you have
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in order to play in the U.S. Open well,
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and when you don't play it well, for that one week,
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as a fan, it's kind of fun to watch.
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