Garry Smits reminds us that it wasn't long ago the U.S. sent its top players to the World Cup, something I thought about while watching round 1 and noticing that most other countries sent high-profile teams (nothing against Nick Watney and John Merrick, fine Americans they are).
Colonial has nearly always demanded experience and patience. Except for Dave Stockton in 1967, no brash, young intruder has ever won. The list of former Colonial champions has reflected age and wisdom. It was no coincidence that Hogan won it five times or that Billy Casper and Julius Boros won it twice. These three, Colonial's only repeaters, have managed to capture almost as many U.S. Opens. DAN JENKINS