Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/11/13

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 06: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland warms up on the first hole during the fourth round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 6, 2009 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
It's a rite of passage for the world's best golfers to complain at the National Open. Their weepy refrains haven't changed in decades: the fairways are too narrow, the rough's too gnarly, the greens are slicker than James Bond and harder to read than James Joyce. They're not wrong about any of it, but that's the motif of the US Open. To quote Tiger Woods, it is what it is, and what it's always been: a war of attrition. You don't win US Opens as much as you survive them. But while they have been historically tough, they've also been fair. This one, however, will be different. It'll be tough and unfair. The 113th United States Open will be won by luck; pure dumb luck. The champion won't necessarily have exhibited the most amount of skill over 72 holes but gotten the least amount of mud on his golf balls. "I'm hoping a mud ball doesn't decide the tournament," said 2010 champion Graeme McDowell on Tuesday. He didn't sound hopeful. Neither am I. Venerable Merion Golf Club --...
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