The U.S. Open, Golf’s Most Democratic Championship

This is why the U.S. Open is great: Anyone with a dream can compete in qualifying (assuming your handicap is 1.4 or less) and, theoretically, win it. All you’ve got to do is shoot the scores. It’s meritocracy in action.  It’s what the Olympics got wrong, building 60-player fields with an Affirmative Action-like model that admits less-talented players without a tournament to separate the chaff, as nearly every other Olympic event does with trials or qualifying minimums. It’s what the Democratic Party primaries got wrong, awarding super delegates who tilted a relatively even race between two candidates, the equivalent of a golf match between equivalent handicaps in which one player spots the other three strokes a side.

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