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The 11th Frame: A look at the decision to limit the 2020 U.S. Open field to 108 players, 36 fewer than recent years

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00 pm

Francois Lavoie after winning his second U.S. Open last month at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
When it was announced that 32-lane Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, would host the 2020 U.S. Open, I wondered what adjustments USBC might make due to Sun Valley having eight fewer lanes than any U.S. Open host center I can remember in modern times. If USBC kept the field at 144 players and stuck with the “practice range” concept it has used in recent years, there would be 48 players per squad. Assuming 24 lanes for the tournament, even using all of the other eight lanes for...

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