Little room for error at the Open
By Andy North
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- The USGA makes an effort to make the U.S. Open the most testing tournament of the year, but believe it or not I think it can be one of the easiest to win -- if you have the right mindset.
|U.S. Open veterans Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara know how important putting will be this week.|
|How I prepared for the Open|
|I usually started mentally preparing for the U.S. Open about a month beforehand. Quite often, I didn't play very well in the weeks leading up to it because my focus was totally on the Open, not the event I was playing that particular week. I played pretty well in the Open every year, not just the years I won. Besides the two victories, I finished in the top 15 five other times. I felt like this tournament really fit my mentality. Basically, I just went out and tried to play the shot in front of me. It seems oversimplified, but that's how I tried to approach it.|