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Top 10 purchases to make at the U.S. Open Merchandise Tent

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The Players Championship is a celebration of Mother’s Day, while the U.S. Open is a celebration of Father’s Day — since it falls on U.S. Open Sunday every year. As such, the best possible Father’s Day gifts (that aren’t on this list, of course), are in this order:

  1. Winning the U.S. Open.
  2. Having your father caddie for you while you play in the U.S. Open.
  3. Attending the U.S. Open with your father.
  4. Buying your father a gift from the U.S. Open.
  5. Anything else.
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The merchandise tent stands tall on top of the perch of the temporary U.S. Open town of pavilions.

Let’s assume you’ll be going with option No. 4 this year, and that’s where we come in. The merchandising situation can be a little overwhelming at the U.S. Open because of the sheer size of the tent, the number of choices to make and the ridiculous amount of people. Luckily, there are some standout candidates for purchase, whether they’re for your pops or not.

There are also plenty of options for women and children, which you should be sure to check out while in the tent. And if you’re NOT attending the U.S. Open, click here to browse the online store.

Necessary gadgets

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What’s something you use on nearly every hole of golf you play? A ball marker. Most golfers use a quarter or a type of coin. Why not use something unique, like these markers with the awesome Oakmont-U.S. Open logo on them.

Even if your dad doesn’t hit many greens in regulation, the divot repair tool can still help him repair the ball marks in his putting line from golfers who do. The repair tool sets are available for $32.

Coasters

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Dads drink beverages. Whether it’s coffee, tea, water, or something cold and frosty, they’ll want a coaster to keep from ruining their table. For only $13 dollars, these coasters are a steal, and they’ll always be put to good use.

Man cave

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While the furry squirrels are cool, and so are the metallic U.S. Open at Oakmont signs, the star here is the hanging bottle opener with a bottle cap catcher. It’s well worth the $52.

Dad’s stomach is growling… for beers

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These are the most awesome growlers I’ve ever seen. The U.S. Open-Oakmont logo is on the front, and U.S. Open winners from Oakmont are listed on the back. They’re available for $75, while the Steins (bottom) sell for $22 each.

Hats, hats, and more hats 

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There’s an entire corner of the merchandise tent dedicated to just hats. It’s a lot to handle, especially if you’re shopping for someone else. I’ve picked out my favorite, and what I believe to be the most unique, but you might be on your own trying to judge what dad will like best.

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This hat is a bit outlandish, but when he shows up to that July 4th cookout rocking it, he’ll be getting all of the compliments. It’s $34.

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If you’re dad is into camo, or hunting gear, this hat from Imperial is a drop-dead winner for $27.

The squirrel cartoon logo comes on a 47 Brand hat ($27), and on a flat-and-yellow brim, snapback version as well. If your dad is into snapbacks, there’s a few other options he may like, pictured in the gallery above.

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The plaid white-and-green fitted hat, with the USGA logo and a clover as the back emblem, is a can’t miss for a dad who likes to be a bit eccentric with his fashion choices.

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Bring dad back a taste of Pittsburgh, and its sports teams, with one of these black-and-yellow hats from Imperial. The highly recommended Tour visor is $32.

Black and yellow

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There’s more than just hats that represent the colors of the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, however. Check out this entire line of clothes inspired by the heart of Steel City.

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This Camo jacket has a slick logo that ties in the United States (stars), Pittsburgh (stripes), and Oakmont (squirrel) and sells for $145.

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This hockey-inspired sweater (left) sells for $105, while the t-shirt (right) is $45.

Good in any weather

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Waterproof pullovers make awesome gifts, because they can be used on and off the golf course and in various weather conditions. This white pullover from Sunice has a multitude of pockets for storage, a sweet American Flag type logo on the right shoulder, the U.S. Open-Oakmont logo on the left chest, and is only $139.

Casual gear

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Maybe dad’s not a golfer, or you want to get him some gear for off the course. This U.S. Open hoodie is understated and comfortable, and sells for $75. The “USGA” printed on the hood is a nice touch.

UsOPenMerch29The logoing on this stretch-fit, gray t-shirt from Under Armour is a little less subtle, but the shirt is so cool — and keeps you cool — that it won’t matter.

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These long sleeve tees — green with the squirrel-cartoon and blue camo — each sell for $45.

Local talent

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Artist David Lussier is selling replicas of his original painting of the 18th hole at Oakmont, ranging from $95-$6000, depending on your budget.

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Also, Lee Wybranski shows off his original works that capture Oakmont’s iconic Church Pew Bunker, which are available in a wide price range as well.

Hand-forged church pews

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As seen in the photo above, a hand-crafter representing Seamus Golf out of Oregon was providing custom engravings on bronze, copper and steel ball markers with the U.S. Open-Oakmont logo. They’re available for $32.

But the winner of the U.S. Open Merchandise tent has to the hand-forged Church Pew Bunker replica bottle opener (resting against the anvil) made from mild steel and copper, which comes with a leather satchel. Of course, the iconic Church Pews sit between hole Nos. 3 and 4 at Oakmont. The real pews will set you back costly strokes, while the bottle opener from Seamus will set you back $90.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Nick Shak

    Jun 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Does anyone have one of the bucket hats for sale or know where I can buy one? The merchandise tent was sold out by Friday and I would really like one! Please someone help me out!!!!

  2. don d.

    Jun 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Best buy US open socks. The prices are steep to say the least. Everything is big and expensive. US Open is definitely not my first pick for spectating.

  3. KCCO

    Jun 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    How are the food prices in relation to The Masters? As I was so surprised by the low cost of concessions at Masters.

  4. ooffa

    Jun 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    45 bucks for a T-Shirt. Now that’s a value. OMG they are insane.

  5. John

    Jun 14, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The week after the US Open is when the real deals can be had. Lots of big discounts on their site. Also, joining the USGA gets you a free US Open hat every year delivered right to your mailbox. A great cause and a free hat to boot.

    • Adrien Jenot

      Jun 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thanks guys, I must be blind.

      • AllBOdoesisgolf

        Jun 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

        USGA lost my membership when they went ahead and told singles they have no business posting scores because they don’t trust them. I will keep my dollars local and help out the First Tee.

        • Scott

          Jun 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

          Great point. They lost me when they started being sponsored by non-U.S. auto companies.

        • Kevin

          Jun 15, 2016 at 9:43 am

          Not sure how the USGA will ever go on without your 9.99. Hope you are giving more to the First Tee, IMO the best organization out there

  6. Adrien Jenot

    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Will this stuff be available on the USGA site those snapback are too slick!

    • mitch

      Jun 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

      they have a link to the store before the top ten list above.

      • Adrien Jenot

        Jun 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

        FML all the stuff I want isn’t on the USGA site it’s event only… I just want that damn snapback and maybe the crazy fishing hat…

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Tursky vs. Knudson WITB Battle: Which bag would you rather trade with?

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This week on GolfWRX’s “Two Guys Talking Golf” podcast, co-hosts Brian Knudson and myself (Andrew Tursky) go deep into their entire WITB setups.

As a reminder, the goal when setting up your own bag of clubs is to find the golf clubs, shafts and grips that work best for your particular game and preferences. In reality, WITBs should not be a competition; getting fit into the right specs is of utmost importance.

That being said, we wanted to have a little fun this week and reveal our current setups. We put it to a vote on our @TG2WRX Instagram page to figure out which WITB the people like better: Tursky or Knudson?

Cast your vote in the Instagram comments below…

Below are the full bag setups for both Knudson and Tursky:

Brian Knudson WITB 2022

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Max LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder NX 70X

7-wood: PXG 0311XF
Shaft: Nippon Regio Formula MB+ 75X

Utility: Tour Edge C722 Ti
Shaft: KBS Tour PGI 90

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (5-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Lite 100S

Wedges: TaylorMade MG3 (46 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM8 (50-12F) and PXG Sugar Daddy II (54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Lite 100S (48), True Temper Elevate Tour S (50, 54 and 60)

Putter: Bettinardi BB8W
Shaft: Fujikura MC Firm

Check out much more from Knudson over on the Club Junkie Podcast Instagram page!

Andrew Tursky WITB 2022

Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65X

Mini Driver: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (12 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: Callaway Epic Super Hybrid 4h (21 degrees)
Shaft: (To be determined…see video above for more info)

Driving Iron: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Irons: Titleist T100 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 Raw (50-12F, 56-08M and 60-12D)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Ping PLD Anser Custom Raw

Check out all the photos of Tursky’s WITB here

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Jordan Spieth WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees, A1)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees @ 20.25 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie, C1)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Hybrid DI 95 X

Irons: Titleist T100 2021 (4-9)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F @ 46.5, 52-08F @ 51.5, 56-10S @ 55.5), Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60-T @ 60.5)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (46-56), Project X 6.0 (60)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

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Alex Noren WITB 2022 (June)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST MAX LS (9 degrees @ 7 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6 X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (15 degrees @ 14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 90 6.5

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro (2019) (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway JAWS MD5 (46-10S, 50-10S, 56-8C, 60-8C)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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