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US Open Goes to Split Tees

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USGAThe United States Golf Association announced on Monday that at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park in New York, players will begin on both the first and 10th tees for the first two rounds, breaking a 101-year tradition where every player teed off on No. 1.
 
Fred Ridley, chairman of the USGA's championship committee, said that the change was made to add flexibility in the event of inclement weather.
 
'The two-tee start at the Open will result in nearly two hours more of daylight after the last starting time on each of the first two days, allowing more flexibility if inclement weather arrives,' said Ridley.
 
The USGA adopted the two-tee start for the U.S. Women's Open in 2000 and at the U.S. Senior Open this year.
 
The change now means that only the Masters and British Open are the only majors that do not use alternating tees. The PGA Championship went to this format this year.
 
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