Cannabis Allowed at US Open

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It is legal to bring marijuana onto the course for the upcoming US Open at Chambers Bay

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Golf: Players are expecting a difficult challenge on the custom made US Open course at Chambers Bay.


Players might be heading back to the clubhouse for more than just a lemonade. Source: Supplied

GOLF has a lot of finicky rules. Every caddy at Augusta has to wear a white jumpsuit, your shadow can’t cover the hole, and don’t even think about placing a foot on the green if it’s in someone else’s putting line.

But one thing that the rule makers are a bit lax with, apparently, is drugs.
With marijuana legal in Washington, and this year’s US Open to be played at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, fans will be allowed to just waltz onto the course with their own supply of grass. Grass of a much more interesting variety that found on the fairways, that is.
While all spectators have to enter through manned gates and pass their belongings through metal detectors, volunteers have been advised to allow entry to people even if they are carrying a stash of marijuana with them.
However, it’s not as if the smell and haze in the air will mimick that of Woodstock circa 1969 once the tournament gets underway, because while it is legal to possess the drug, it is still illegal to consume it in public.
This law might be hard to follow for some golfers in the face of one of the most challenging courses in recent memory, so they will just have to find some other way of relieving their stress after shooting 6-over across the first 2 holes.
Bizarrely, while fans will be able to bring drugs with them, they won’t be allowed to bring in bottles of water, which they will have to throw away at the door.
The tournament kicks off on Friday morning Australian time, with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy seeking a fifth major title, while Masters champion Jordan Spieth is aiming to make it halfway to the fabled calendar year Grand Slam.


Jordan Spieth will be hoping to master the Chambers Bay course. Source: AFP

Three-time champion Tiger Woods, meanwhile, needs to prove he can still compete with the best after a horrendous year which will end with his 40th birthday.
But they all have a common enemy in Chambers Bay, some 50km south of Seattle, hosting the first US Open to be held in the US Pacific Northwest.
Playing at between 6.7 and 7km, depending on the conditions, the course is more of a British Open seaside type course than a traditional US Open venue, with its dunes and bunkers, bouncy, undulating fairways, blind shots and large, rolling greens.
Scoured out of a disused sand and gravel quarry overlooking the scenic Puget Sound, Chambers Bay opened just eight years ago and most of the top players have seen it for the first time this week.
McIlroy was among those learning as they go along this week and his reaction to what he saw was typical.
“It’s really like playing an Open Championship in the United States,” the 26-year-old Northern Irishman said.
“That’s what it’s going to be like this week, apart from the fact that it’s about 20 degrees warmer.”
Phil Mickelson says it has similarities to the fabled Old Course at St Andrews in that first impressions can be deceptive.
“When you play St. Andrews, you don’t know exactly where to hit it. And certain hillsides will take it one way or the other,” said Mickelson.
“Knowing how to play it, knowing where to go is critical. But after playing a while it feels like it’s not as difficult a course.”
Total prize money for the year’s second major is up to more than 12.5 million.
— with AFP

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