U.S. Open

13 Things That Are Easier Than Qualifying For The U.S. Open

May 2014

The USGA announced last month it received a record 10,127 entries for the 2014 U.S. Open, eclipsing last year's previous record of 9,860 applicants. With 74 of the 156 spots in the Open field already claimed via exemptions, close to 10,000 golfers are fighting, then, in local and sectional qualifiers for the remaining 82 tee times. By our math, that gives hopefuls a 0.81 percent chance not to win or make the cut but just to qualify for the tournament at Pinehurst -- a quarter of a percentage point less than when we first explored this a year ago. How daunting are the odds of earning a trip to North Carolina? Here are some of the things easier to do than qualifying for the national championship.

Cy Young Award

Win the Cy Young Award

Assuming you've made your way into a starting rotation for an MLB team (easier said than done, we admit), your chances of winning baseball's most prestigious pitching award are marginally better than competing at Pinehurst. With 30 MLB teams each boasting five-man rotations (the award is almost always won by a starter), and two Cy Youngs available each year (one for the American League and one for the National), each pitcher has a roughly 1.3 percent chance of winning the award.
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