LIVE FROM THE US OPEN #1

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The US Open At Bethpage in 2002 - Image Courtesy USGA
For The 2nd Consecutive Year, Contributor Alfie Lau Submits Daily Blogs From The US Open.

This Blog: Arrival and recon in New York and Long Island.

Riding the shuttle bus into Bethpage State Park's Black Course for the first practice rounds of the 2009 US Open, who would've thought that the very first golfer I would see is one Eldrick Tont Woods?

Yes, Inside Golf is here at the US Open and the mighty Tont – that's his middle name according to the Newsday supplement I'm perusing at the media centre – was on the putting green.

The crowd of 1,000 onlookers weren't waiting for Canadian Andrew Parr – more on where he was later – but Tiger Woods sure knows how to make friends amongst the Long Island faithful.

Woods, as is his tradition, was out for a practice round early Monday morning and his appearance on the putting green would be the last time we'd see him on the opening day of Open week.

In another great tradition, Canadian Mike Weir has taken it upon himself to help out fellow Canadians. At precisely 7:22 a.m. EST, Weir was out for a practice round with Abbotsford's Nick Taylor and the Ontario-born Parr.

Canada's hopes at this year's Open rest with these three and Calgary's Stephen Ames, who's set for an afternoon practice round, 12:52 p.m., with Angelo Que and Francesco Molinari.
As for myself, I will try to post updates several times a day all during Open week.

Here's a brief synopsis of what I've been up to since I arrived in New York Saturday evening.

Sunday afternoon was my first chance to see the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and what better team to see than the hated cross-town rival New York Mets in the latest installment of the Subway Series.

The stadium is nothing short of amazing, as were the Yankees, as they bashed their way to a 15-0 stomping of the Mets.

Mets' ace starter Johan Santana got ripped for nine runs in only three innings and the game, which lasted almost three-and-a-half hours, was a great day spent out in the sun.

After the game, I met up with an old acquaintance from my high school days. Corey Frost, now teaching at City University in New York, was someone I met in Ottawa during a high school exchange program meant to introduce high school students to Canadian students from all across the country.

Corey and I, along with a girl from New Brunswick, became fast friends and we haven't talked in 18 years.

That is, until the advent of Facebook.

A couple of e-mails later and we had a meeting, set for Grand Central Station at 7 p.m. last night.

Like old friends, we went and had some drinks and some fine Korean food last night. Without boring you with all the details, it was a great way to start off Open week.

I'm expecting to see a few close friends in the media centre today. Sadly, however, there will probably be people I've met in the last couple of years who won't be covering this tournament because their publication has ceased publishing or their publication doesn't have the budget to send them out to cover big events like the US Open.

The media dining room is now open and I've had my first Keuring single-brewed coffee of the day – the German coffee cake variety – and lunch isn't far off.

But first, I'll earn that lunch by getting out on the course.

Until later, this is Alfie Lau of Inside Golf, at the US Open at Bethpage Black.

ALL "LIVE FROM THE US OPEN" BLOG SUBMISSIONS FROM ALFIE LAU...

MON #1 - Arrvial And Recon In New York And Long Island Click HERE
MON #2 - Touching Base With The Canadians Young Guns In The Field. Click HERE
TUES #1 - Tiger Discusses Sex Change. Click HERE
TUES #2 - Alternate Plays With Tiger In The AM And Weirsy After Lunch Click HERE
WED #1 - A Media Tent With A Little More Elbow Room  Click HERE


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