U.S. Open is the biggest, baddest, golf tournament

American Jordan Spieth catches a golf ball on the green during a practice round yesterday at...

American Jordan Spieth catches a golf ball on the green during a practice round yesterday at Pinehurst. (AFP)

Jon McCarthy , Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

As day turned to night in Pinehurst, N.C., players and fans left the golf course to go wring out their pants.

There is rain in the forecast for the U.S. Open, but so far the only puddles were from spectators who melted in the stifling heat.

But none of it mattered on Monday as spectators found the air conditioned merchandise tent, Darren Clarke stayed cool by smoking and golf writers found the free popsicles.

Monday’s practice rounds didn’t include Mickelson, McIlroy or Rose but fans got up close and personal with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day among others. Well, as up close and personal as you can get to golfers at the U.S. Open.

Every major is unique. The Masters makes you wonder why you didn’t marry a southern belle; the Open Championship makes you ask why every major can’t be run like a British pub; the PGA Championship makes you worry whether anyone is going to read your stories.

Then there’s the U.S. Open.

It’s the biggest, badd


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