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As I watched an extraordinary number of TV coverage hours on the US Open this weekend, several thoughts and images remain with me……   Like no other American golf course, The Olympic Club is synonymous with stunning comeback wins and famous runner-ups.  Jack Fleck’s shocking victory over Ben Hogan in 1955, Billy Casper outlasting an over-aggressive Arnold Palmer in 1966, steady Scott Simpson overcoming Tom Watson in 1987, the overly-emotional Lee Janzen beating Payne Stewart in 1998, and this year’s champion 25-year old Webb Simpson (competing in only his 5th major championship tournament) coming from six shots behind to eliminate former US Open champions Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell. Rising high school senior, Beau Hossler, already committed to the Texas Longhorns, actually told Bob Costas after his Saturday round that he was changing his goals from being the low amateur to winning the tournament.  Absolutely nothing seemed to faze this…

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Casey Martin Re-visits Olympic Golf Club

The beautiful thing about the United States Golf Association’s U.S. Open is that it is just that, “open” to ANYONE who can qualify.  Fourteen years ago (1998), the last time the U.S. Open was played at the historic Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco, Stanford graduate Casey Martin did qualify but because of a circulatory disorder he was born with in his lower right leg requested the use of a golf cart in order to compete fairly.  By suing the PGA Tour under the Americans with Disabilities Act and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that walking was NOT a fundamental element of the game, he was granted an injunction to use the cart, finished 23rd, and eventually in 2001 the highest Court in the land ruled in Martin’s favor.  Miraculously on June 4, he was the winning medalist at a U.S. Open sectional qualifier just 12 miles from…

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