Given To Fly: A Preview of the 2015 U.S. Open

U.S. Open - Round Four
As the 115th U.S. Open Championship kicks off, it comes at a cross-roads for golf in America. Read up as we tell you who to watch (and why), including a brief rant on the state of the sport as we know it.

After reaching a high-point in popularity during Tiger Woods’ dominance, participation has since declined. Now perceived as time-consuming, the sport’s hold on younger generations is, to say the least, suffering.We now watch as the USGA turns to the Pacific Northwest, once a hotbed for youth counter-culture, to breathe life back into the sport.

The chosen spot, Chambers Bay, is located roughly an hour from Seattle in University Place, Washington.  And to make things interesting, the course itself has become a controversial topic, serving up challenging greens being deemed “impossible” by some players (oh, this should be good).It’s likely a head-to-head showdown, on a unique course, between the sport’s brightest young stars, Rory McIlroy & Jordan Spieth, will (dare we say it?) rekindle an excitement around golf in the U.S.

Player to Watch: All eyes on Rory McIlroy, the number one player in the world. After missing his last two cuts, we suspect he’ll feel at home on this links-style course.

Hole to Watch: #9. Why, you ask? The long par 3 presents a 100-foot, holy-shit drop from tee box to green.

Soundtrack:  Fox takes its first major run at broadcasting golf this weekend.  If things begin to head south, pop on Pearl Jam: Live at The Gorge in Washington to accompany the setting’s geography.

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