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June 13, 2011
Will Tiger be ready for the U.S. Open? Why the big stink over the President playing golf? Can an American win? What is the dream story line? And, of course, who will win America's national championship?
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June 13, 2011

Pga Tour Confidential

Will Tiger be ready for the U.S. Open? Why the big stink over the President playing golf? Can an American win? What is the dream story line? And, of course, who will win America's national championship?

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Anonymous Pro: The 18th at 520 will play more like 470 because it's 50 feet downhill. It's an awkward shot with a long iron because that green is small and quirky, with a couple of fingers on the left side. Let's hope it plays firm and fast so we can hit six-irons in. Just because you made a hole longer, by the way, doesn't mean you made it better.

Bamberger: It doesn't matter. This is a classic U.S Open course with greens like tabletops, brutal rough, and usually hot and humid conditions. I've caddied there and walked it a bunch, and I can't tell you a thing about it either. It's a real challenge.

Van Sickle: I don't hear anyone putting Congressional on their list of favorite courses like Oakmont or Pebble Beach or even Shinnecock Hills.

Shipnuck: Some courses have great romance and mystique. This is not one of them.

Anonymous Pro: It's a good course. But it's not one of our top Open venues. There are easily 10 better courses than Congressional to hold the U.S. Open.

Bamberger: It is very cool to have the U.S. Open near Washington, D.C.

Shipnuck: The clubhouse is massive, there are old trees. It does feel as if it's been there a million years. There's a grandeur about it.

Bamberger: It's American affluence on display. Unlike Pittsburgh, where people made steel, or Philadelphia, where people made books and beer and cigars, in Washington it's a bunch of lobbyists.

Paper Tiger

Van Sickle: Tiger Woods came to media day for his own tournament on crutches. What does this mean for the Open?

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