Major week

It is Major time x 2 this week. In the US the top players are preparing for the Thursday start of the US Open at Congressional outside Washington. On this side of the pond the amateurs are battling both wind, golf courses and each other for the Amateur Championship. With a remarkable history the R&A’s crown jewel in the amateur calendar sees some close to 300 hopefuls tee it up in the first two rounds, each and everyone hoping for that winner’s exemption into the Open and next year’s Masters Tournament. The first hurdle to get past however, to be among the top 64 that go into the match play stage, for the vast majority will be a bit too big and they will be returning home having played two rounds on great golf courses. Even though considered a major it is rather sad that the schedule in amateur golf in the US is so busy that players from that part of the world are not able to come across. Or more likely, they choose not to come across. In amateur golf the expense of getting to the tournament is still one of the biggest issues to handle. And of course this is where there is just no resemblance between what happens at Hillside and what happens at Congressional.

On that note though I just read that Rory McIlroy has promised never to complain about a hotel room again. He is an ambassador for UNICEF and as such just came back from Haiti. There is nothing like a bit of perspective every now and then!

Follow the Amateur on http://www.randa.org.

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