New York, NY (PRWEB) June 10, 2013
The 2013 U.S. Golf Open will be held the week of June 10-June 16 at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Ticket prices for the coveted tournament have been lowered by Cheap Concert Tickets in an effort to make tickets affordable for all their loyal customers. One of the most world's prestigious tournaments in golf is the United States Open Championship, which is more popularly known as the U.S. Open. Although it is just one of the four major golf championships, also called the "Majors," it has proven to be the most lucrative in terms of exemptions and invitations to other tournaments.
The oldest of the Majors is the British Open, which has traditionally been held at St. Andrews in Scotland. In contrast, the U.S. Open is played at different venues. But unlike St. Andrews which is a naturally tough and unforgiving course, the U.S. Open courses have been chosen for their competitiveness. The U.S. Open trademark golf course is one where the winner's score is at even par 70. In this regard, a golf course hoping to host the Open usually undergoes renovations to follow trends and keep par a very hard undertaking.
Open courses have been noted for the need for accurate and consistent driving. A par 70 course would be long, and some have even been longer, with a higher par. The rough would be cut high leading to the term "Open rough" used by media and fans. Flat greens would be quite rare if not unexistent, with pinched fairways, hence the need for accuracy from the tee.
With good weather, the Open usually ends with a last day falling on the third Sunday of June, which also happens to be Father's Day. In case of a tie, there would be a full 18-hole playoff. It is the only Major which uses this format. Since the 1950's, in case of a further tie after the fifth round, a sudden-playoff ensues. There have been instances before the sudden-death playoff provision was instituted where play continued with two 36 hole playoffs - the last time this happened was in 1931. 18 hole playoffs decided the winners in 1925, 1939 and 1946, while sudden-death playoffs decided 1990, 1994 and 2008 winners.
One reason the Open has reached its revered standing is due to the number of exemptions in qualifying. In essence, a player has earned his right to play due to his achievements either during the past year or two, or to his wins in the Open. Out of 156 players in the tournament, fully half are on the list due to exemptions. Otherwise, players have to go through the qualifying rounds.
Players who are exempted from the qualifying rounds include:
-- past winners of the Open for the last ten years;
-- the winner and runner-up from the past year's U.S. Amateur;
-- the winner of the past year's Amateur Championship;
-- the past year's winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal for top-ranked amateur golfer in the world;
-- the winners for the Masters Tournament, Open Championship and PGA Championship for the past five years;
-- the winners of the Players Championships for the last three years;
-- the current winner of the BMW PGA Championship, held in Europe;
-- the last U.S. Senior Open's winner;
-- the top ten finishers and ties from the past year's U.S. Open;
-- the qualifiers to the previous year's Tour Championship;
-- the top sixty players on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) two weeks before the start of the Open;
-- the top sixty players on the OWGR at the start of the Open.
The stellar cast assembled to play in the Open is a staggering collection of "Who's Who in the World of Golf." The caliber of the competition is kept high, as well as the standards for the course, which makes for some exciting golf action.
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