US Open a tough test without being hard
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Golf's second major championship of the year seems to have a new name.
It's the U.S. Wide Open.
Only a small part of that is because of Tiger Woods. He's not at Congressional because of injuries to his left leg, and he has been missing from the top of leaderboards for more than a year. This is the first U.S. Open since 1999 that Woods is not No. 1 in the world.
The top two players in the world ranking are Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, neither of whom has won a major. Parity has returned to golf so much that 10 players have won the last 10 majors, and the last three major champions are still in their 20s.
But there's another reason why the U.S. Open figures to be up for grabs when it gets under way Thursday: No one is complaining.