Congestion not tying up U.S. Open so far

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Given the amount of interest in golf in the D.C. area, local Fred Funk expressed some amazement that the U.S. Open hasn’t been here since 1997. The inclusion of some unique courses like Bethpage Black made the rotation a bit longer, but then there’s also that traffic hassle that Congressional Country Club’s location presents.

“Clearly the Washington, D.C., area is a congested area in terms of traffic, and we certainly have worked really hard on our traffic program and plan,” United States Golf Association president Jim Hyler said.

The tournament hasn’t started yet, but so far so good. Hyler pointed out that there are about 15,000 parking spaces for fans in satellite lots a decent distance from the course. River Road and the Beltway have had some traffic during rush hour, but that’s to be expected.

Hyler said the USGA is using an amazing 475 buses to shuttle fans and media members from Grosvenor Metro Station and parking lots to the course and back. That’s 200 more than were in plat last year at Pebble Beach.

As for when the tournament could be back when traffic is expected to get worse over the years, Hyler has tunnel vision for 2011.

“Who knows about the future?” he said “We’re just trying to get through this week and have a successful U.S. Open this week.”

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