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Year's second major truly an "Open"

Originally Published: June 12, 2009
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

There's a simple reason the USGA doesn't refer to the crown jewel of its annual schedule as the U.S. Tournament or the U.S. Invitational.

No, the year's second major championship is called the U.S. Open for quite literal reasons. Any player -- professional or amateur -- with an approved handicap index of 1.4 or better is eligible to attempt to qualify for the event.

It's for this very reason that come next week, the 156 players teeing it up at Bethpage State Park's Black ...

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