Long's efforts crucial to U.S. Open field

Originally Published: May 20, 2009
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The brisk morning air sweeps through Bethpage State Park, intermittent raindrops suggesting a prospect of further unsavory conditions throughout the day. It is the type of early-season weather that would leave most private golf clubs in this part of the country largely empty, members consumed by a fervent desire to practice their passion only in warm, sunny surroundings.

Not at Bethpage, though. On this day, four of the municipal facility's five tracks -- the ...

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