After months of bad news, it's a bit refreshing to find out that the recession is actually causing some good news for a change. Because they couldn't find enough corporate buyers, the United States Golf Association is going to make more tickets to June's U.S. Open, at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, available to the general public.
That news will likely be met with widespread cheer, since the initial allotment sold out last August with little trouble. The USGA didn't say exactly how many tickets will be hitting the market, but you will be able to buy for the full week, individiual and practice rounds. In 2002, the last Open played on Bethpage's Black Course, Tiger Woods beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes to win his second U.S. Open.
That puts Woods in position to go back-to-back at Bethpage while going back-to-back in the U.S. Open as well. He beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff at Torrey Pines last summer in one of the more memorable golf performances of all time.
This year's tournament marks the third time in the last eight years that the U.S. Open is close to New York City, but it won't be coming back before 2016, at the earliest. This secondary offering, then, is the last chance in a long time to see the Open close to home.
The only catch is that you have to buy the tickets at Bethpage itself. They go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11th, a week before the tournament begins. That timing and mode of sale may be better for ticket brokers than those in other lines of work, but the shot is there if you can take it.