US Open begins on old course with a new look
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Open has begun on a century-old golf course with a new look.
Harold Varner hit the opening tee shot on a gorgeous Thursday morning at Shinnecock Hills, using a fairway metal to hit a fairway that was some 60 yards wide in the landing zone. He still watched it anxiously, only because a marshal unaware the U.S. Open had started ambled across the fairway, and broke into a sprint when he heard the ball land near him.
The fairways are 15 yards wider on average than the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock.