The most recent NCAA golf champion. A former Pebble Beach caddie. A guy who accidentally nicked off part of his finger before qualifying. Jason Sobel shares the stories of 12 unlikely golfers who will play in next week's U.S. Open.
We tracked down eight guys most golf fans never heard of. Why? Because their stories about qualifying and reaching the field at the U.S. Open define what's great about the year's second major, writes ESPN.com's Jason Sobel.
Certain elements of a U.S. Open are a given: penal rough, long courses and progressively harder conditions. Not so for 2009. The USGA's setup man, Mike Davis, explains his philosophies, writes ESPN.com's Jason Sobel.