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David Toms
Democracy reigns in majors these days

BETHESDA, Md. — The U.S. Open long has billed itself as the most democratic among golf's major championships. The big names get reserved spots, sure — though they share the practice range with up-and-comers, amateurs, club pros and maybe a hotshot teen. More than half the field, in fact, remains allocated to qualifiers. Egalitarianism rules, limited only by one's ability to survive 36-hole qualifying. It remains a noble approach, even if the bluebloods typically assert their superiority once the opening round commences. Even among bluebloods, though, there's an unusual equality spread through the major championships. From Padraig Harrington to Phil Mickelson...

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