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Erin Hills might host the 2017 US Open, but for the man who sacrificed to pursue that prize, the quest is over:

Erin Hills might host the 2017 US Open, but for the man who sacrificed to pursue that prize, the quest is over:

Bob Lang, who owned Erin Hills GC in Erin, Wis., remembers the morning. It was the Monday after the 2007 U.S. Senior Open at nearby Whistling Straits, a day after Brad Bryant swiped a major from Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. Lang was standing in front of an old barn that he had converted into a cart shed, surrounded by rolling hills, dirt roads and flatbed trucks. Located 25 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Erin is home to more dairy cows than people. Yet here came the USGA's executive committee, tearing down the driveway to the latest and greatest in public golf in a caravan of Lexus courtesy cars. "There were nine or 10 of them," recalls Lang. "I remember thinking, 'This is the real deal.' " The USGA had sparked the buzz about Erin Hills by awarding the course the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links before it even opened in 2006. Since USGA officials were in the area for ...

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