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Open greens face belly-putter onslaught

Originally Published: May 17, 2004
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- A 2-iron comes in handy this week, not only to get the ball in play but to cut the tension. Players don't so much win the U.S. Open as they survive it. By the end of the tournament, nerves will be as frayed as the ankle-high grass in the rough.

So do players employing the ever-popular belly putters and long putters have an advantage? Are they able to better control their strokes under pressure?

These topics are sure to be broached as players convene for the ...

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