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The longest day in golf, the most democratic sporting event

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You may not like golf, but maybe one day a year you can’t help loving it. It would be today, when any qualified and plagued by dreams amateur and club professional has a chance to play in our national championship. The US Open is our most democratic sporting events. If you’re an am with a handicap of 1.4 or less, you could have played in a local qualifier last month. If you made it through this, you’re somewhere today, 36 hole grinding for a chance to be one of 156 at the Country Club in Brookline, MA in 10 days.

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Think about it. Rickie Fowler must qualify today. He has played 12 Opens and has five Tour victories. Ditto Zach Johnson, 18 Opens, two major titles, captain of the US Ryder Cup team in 2024. Lucas Glover (former Open champion) Aaron Wise (nearly won Memorial Sunday), Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, West Sider Jim Herman , East Sider Mike Auterson. . . and you.

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