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Great read! That had to be so cool to be there live, and was a great open to watch. Tacooo cheeeese! 😉

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Great read!... and I couldn't agree with you more about Woodland. He's a high character guy that took/takes time to be kind and make a difference in a young woman's life.

We need a lot more like him in the world. He won a new fan in me. 

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Thanks for the write up Dave.

And you even caught Poulters Pink and Purple!

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Wow!  Awesome writeup @GolfSpy Dave !  

I attended the former Deutsche Bank tourney in MA years ago and Tiger was playing and the eloquently stated "Tigersurge" is quite a sight to behold.  We wanted to see him hit a tee shot so we went 3 holes ahead and camped out by the tee box and waited and you could just see the mass moving in an amoeba like fashion and it just envelopes you.  It is amazing - mind boggling even - to think how well he plays with these gigantic crowds everywhere he goes.

A couple of things that stood out and I'm glad you confirmed - 
the idiots that shout stuff... I just don't get it.  I really don't.  I understand cheering for a good shot but the ridiculous inane sophomoric chants are ruining it. I heard plenty of it watching on television and I'm sure there was even more in person....someone needs to put a stop to this.

the weather....too bad about the marine layer; growing up on the west coast in OR I experienced plenty of it and I remember how gloomy and gray it can be when it just sits on top and barely moves; they tried to brighten it up on the telecast but it's a shame.  In the sunlight that course is absolutely spectacular, sparkles like a brilliant diamond... with the ocean waves crashing and green fairways and cypress trees; I feel like we were robbed.

Finally - interesting to hear your take on in-person vs on television and the few events I've been to I couldn't agree more. It really is awesome to see these guys in person and watch how fast they swing the club and hear and see what a purely struck shot looks like but if you want to watch the tournament - the entire thing - I would do exactly what you did and watch the final round at home on the high def big screen.

Hopefully the sun makes an appearance at Torrey in 2021 because that course is just as much eye-candy as Pebble!

BTW - how'd you end up with a media badge?

 

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Fun stuff Dave - thanks for sharing! My only Open was in '88 at Brookline, and spent my weekend in the media tent filing reports - missed a lot of great golf. 

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1 minute ago, GolfSpy Barbajo said:

Fun stuff Dave - thanks for sharing! My only Open was in '88 at Brookline, and spent my weekend in the media tent filing reports - missed a lot of great golf. 

Let's make a date @GolfSpy Barbajo  !

In 2022, the U.S. Open returns to The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., for the first time in 34 years. (USGA/LC Lambrecht)

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Excellent post Dave, well written and with the pics I could feel the atmosphere.

Thanks for sharing.

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Awesome experience Dave. I got to see tiger this year at the memorial so I totally get the tiger surge.

I do wonder if golf nuts like us would get more out of the practice rounds than the tournament since there’s usually less people and you get to see players hit lots of different shots since they’re not being scored

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Just now, Mr_Theoo said:

Awesome experience Dave. I got to see tiger this year at the memorial so I totally get the tiger surge.

I do wonder if golf nuts like us would get more out of the practice rounds than the tournament since there’s usually less people and you get to see players hit lots of different shots since they’re not being scored

Good point!

I also wonder what it would be like to watch them warm up prior to their round.  I've never done that before and you might get to see a lot of players hitting various shots and see what a PGA tour pro warm-up is like.

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5 minutes ago, Mr_Theoo said:

I do wonder if golf nuts like us would get more out of the practice rounds than the tournament since there’s usually less people and you get to see players hit lots of different shots since they’re not being scored

 

4 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

I also wonder what it would be like to watch them warm up prior to their round.  I've never done that before and you might get to see a lot of players hitting various shots and see what a PGA tour pro warm-up is like.

Every year at The Open I go for the last practice day (Wednesday) and spend about 2-3 hrs at the range watching the elite hitting pure strike after strike all the way through the bag. You really get a sense of rhythm and the unhurried manner they have, plus the sound is NOTHING like the sound we get on strikes🙄

Then out on the course where you get closer and see them trying lots of different shots to, and around, the greens.

I think it's the best day of the week to go. Plus the atmosphere is electric as the tournament starts the next morning.

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Going to practice days has some advantages and in some ways better than tournament days .

1. You get to see the reps from the OEMS trying to get equipment into players hands

2. See how pros really practice and what training aids they use.

3. Follow players during their practice round with smaller crowds.

4. See the coaches working with the players on their swings.

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Very cool write up.  I had similar experiences attending the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills.  The USGA definitely has their act together coordinating the herd of people (and you do sometimes feel like cattle) in and around the course.

I signed up to be a Marshal Volunteer for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.  I'm excited to see what the differences will be behind the ropes instead of walking the grounds and sitting in the stands.

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Great job Dave!  Your experiences closely mirror mine.  I've attended two LPGA majors, one Champions tour major, and  3 PGA tour events.  I similarly walk some holes, then after I get worn out, I camp.  Not sure if I would do it again, but I'm glad I attended all of them!!

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Thank you Dave, loved the write up !

I played Pebble and SpyGlass last summer my first time to the Monterrey peninsula we stayed at The Inn at Spanish Bay and were treated like King and Queen. My family's best vacation ever. I was in heaven ...but heaven is expensive...so I had to leave😂

I have attended the Shell Houston Open as a marshal as well as a fan several times and you are so right about the different nature of watching a tournament as opposed to attending a tournament ( very different ) both are rewarding.

Well stated Dave!

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Well written article Dave with cool insights. The message is to plan your trip and know what you want to do and see. Watch out for the Tigerwave

This is one of the most detailed articles I’ve read about attending a major sports event.  Thank you 

 

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Fantastic write-up, thanks!  I attended at Chambers Bay (3rd round) and really enjoyed it. Start a "gofundme" campaign for that $550 green fee.  I'm in for $5 spot, leaving only 109 more spies to match that and reach your goal!  🙂

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I got to go Friday, and it was truly rad. I did find Sculpin tall boys for the $9.50 for my first one, but it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back by the 12th green / 13th th box. The next time I got one, it was for a 12 oz and I was not happy. 

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