To think of the US Open as just another golf tournament is like calling Jordan just another basketball player and De Niro just another actor.
It's blasphemy. It's erroneous on all counts. It's a distorted perception of reality.
The only thing that is certain about the US Open: nothing is certain.
Never has that statement been as legit and verifiable as with the 2010 US Open, which begins June 17 at the Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Just imagine: a tournament without a favorite, just dark horses and wide-eyed dreamers.
It will be this intangible, absorbing suspense of the unknown victor that allures golf fans to ceaselessly watch, emulate, and root for professionals competing for their place in golf's record books.
In return, we, the D.F.P.G.A. (Devoted Fans of the Professional Golf Association), observe as the pros battle ruthlessly under arduous conditions and unending pressure until the last putt has dropped.
Unlike any of the other four majors, the US Open possesses a majestic, distinctive pride. The event includes not just players from all over the world, but facilitates open qualifying for the biggest stage in all of golf.
But don't think the US Open will be any easier to decipher than the Lakers/Celtics.
This year's track will be nearly impossible to conquer.
Who can handle Pebble Beach's deep bunkered gullies, hidden barranca, massive sloping fairways, and severe doglegs?
Who will be intimidated and will choke on holes 4-10, all of which play alongside the ocean?
Who can split the narrow fairways and hit the small, undulating, fast greens?
Take a look and see...