U.S. OpenJune 18, 2015

Your unofficial U.S. Open drinking guide for coverage from Chambers Bay

As with any huge sporting event, the U.S. Open might be best enjoyed with a tall glass of your favorite drink. This is, after all, one of the best weekends of the golf season. It's U.S. Open week! Celebrate properly (and responsibly).

To help make your U.S. Open viewing parties a bit more interesting -- and to get everyone engaged in the broadcast -- we've developed a drinking game for you to play. Because what's more American than watching the national Open championship with some guidelines?

Here are your rules:

References to the "unpredictability," "flexibility" or "uniqueness" of Chambers Bay: One sip.

You might hear this once every five minutes. So be careful.

Any time "links" is mentioned about Chambers Bay in the broadcast: One sip.

Then cue up the debate between your buddies whether or not a course in the U.S. can be considered a links course or not. Let us know how this goes. Don't blame us for any fights that break out.

Any time "Puget Sound" is referenced in a dramatic, muted voice: Two sips.

Automatic finish your drink if Joe Buck describes the body of water as "majestic."

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Whenever the fact that one tree, or "lone fir," stands on property is brought up: Two sips.

Did you hear -- there's one tree on property? And it was almost chopped down?!

References to Phil Mickelson's close calls in U.S. Opens: Six sips. (For Lefty's six runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open.)

This could get really dangerous if Lefty stays in contention.

When "elevation changes" or "uphill terrain" is stressed in the broadcast: Stand up and take three sips. (And bonus points if a broadcaster subtly references that overweight caddies and players are struggling with the terrain.)

By the way, there are options for the USGA in setting up the course. Again, you might not have heard! Now you have.

Every time "fescue" is mentioned: Two sips.

Half sips required when "poa" or "bentgrass" is brought up.

Any reference to drones or innovative Fox technology: Five sips.

*Add two seconds when Fox actually shows their own drones or cameramen on the course/in the air. Just to prove how innovative they are!

And one small, awkward sip if Joe Buck ever asks Greg Norman about what it's like to play under pressure at a major.


And finally: Chug your beer when: Joe Buck makes a joke that no one laughs at.

Hey Troy Aikman and Tim McCarver, you know what we're talking about. This one's for you__.__

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