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Golf Australia Express : June 2013-US OPEN
AN OPEN MIND ED’S WELCOME EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Damian Shutie email@example.com EDITORIAL TEAM Mark Allen Adrian Ballantyne Will Hone Damian Shutie INSTRUCTIONAL EDITOR Mark Allen CONTACT US EDITORIAL - firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING - email@example.com OTG Mag is produced and published by OTG Media Pty. Ltd © 2013 All Rights Reserved THIS YEAR'S US Open is likelytobeabitofan odd one. Why? Well for starters, Merion— home to this year's second major—is not the kind of brutal course we've become accustomed to at a US Open. Difficult? Sure, it can be. But, brutal? Not likely. I for one, commend the USGA for staging "the toughest test in golf" at such a short course by today's lengthy standards. You see, if the US Open was only played at incredibly long and merciless layouts, many of golf's greatest memories would soon be forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind sort of stuff. Taking the game back to Merion triggers us to relive past Opens there, like Australia's David Graham's 1981 triumph, or the fabled Lee Trevino-Jack Nicklaus affair in 1971 and the famous rubber snake incident. Sure, we all love seeing the best in the world brought to their knees on a tricked up track, so long as the layout is still fair. Brutal for the sake of sadism does not serve golf's interests. Fair is the key. And Merion is. That's not to say a trek around the Pensylvanian course will be a walk in the park—far from it. Players will still need to 'survive' this US Open, but there will also be ample opportunities for reward if they are chosen and executed correctly. That's how any golf track worth a punt should be designed. One player I'm intrigued to watch at this year's US Open is perennial Mr No.2, Phil Mickelson. Lefty has had more runner-up finishes at the elusive major than clutch flop shots. As each year passes Mickelson's chances of getting his hands on the US Open Championship trophy decrease. At 42, he probably doesn't have too many years left to grab it. That's why I reckon Phil The Thrill will be thereabouts at Merion this month, a track that suits his attacking style of game. We know he wants it badly enough—he has said so publicly for years—and his game has looked unbeatable at times this season. Inside this issue we take a look at Phil's US Open record to suss out whether he is a genuine chance or just a romantic hopeful at Merion. See you on the green. DAMIAN SHUTIE Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @dshutie PHOTOGRAPHY BY Is it Phil's time for some US Open luck?
July 2013 - THE OPEN