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Some interesting tidbits leading up to the U.S. Open

Some interesting tidbits leading up to the U.S. Open

— Tuesday was the day before the day before the U.S. Open golf tournament begins at Chambers Bay here, and, as always, it came with some interesting tidbits. — The U.S. Golf Assn. said that it makes very little profit on the general operation of its showcase event. "Expenses are just too high," said Mike Davis, USGA executive director. But do not send contributions in envelopes. What it fails to make in tickets, T-shirt sales and hot dogs, it makes up in TV rights fees. This year, Fox took over broadcasting the tournament and Davis said that his organization operates on about a $200-million annual budget. That money is pumped back into the game, he said. —...

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