By now, most people are familiar with the USA Open.
But how about this year’s tournament?
We’re still going to have to wait until April for the final round, and this will be the first time since 1998 that we won’t have to make a detour to watch the US Open from home.
This week, we’re going to take a look at the USGA’s final round of qualifying.
The top three seeds will qualify in four-round, best-of-five games, followed by the second-seeded teams from the remaining four-team group.
If the final four-overtime round were played today, we would have the three best-seeding teams and one team in fourth place, with the rest of the field vying for the two wild card spots.
But with two more rounds remaining, we’ll have the best-qualified teams in the field by March 13.
If we did this for the entirety of the tournament, we’d be up to six months ahead of schedule.
We’ll start with the teams that qualify.
There are eight teams in Group A, and the two best-ranked teams from each group will advance to the next round.
The best-placed team will qualify for the USOC through a playoff that’s set to take place March 28.
The remaining four teams will face off in a best-two-out-of3-out playoff that will determine the wild card.
If you’re a sports fan, you’re probably already familiar with this playoff.
If not, this is a quick primer on how the wildcard works.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re not a sports fanatic, the USATF has already put together a playoff bracket for the 2016 US Open.
In this playoff, the top two teams from every group advance to a best of five, where the winner advances to the semifinals.
If there are three teams from Group A and two from Group B, that means there are two wildcard spots, and we’re in a playoff with the top-two seeds from each division in the group.
The two wildcards are reserved for the best teams from Division III and Division IV.
If two of the three Wild Card seeds from Division IV play in the semifinals, they’re guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals.
If they play in a three-round tournament, they’ll face the winners of Group A in the first round and the runners-up in the second.
If one of the wildcards is played, it means that the winner will face the runner-up from the group of three in the semis.
For example, if we’re looking at Group A’s best-fit playoff, we could envision the winners facing the runner up from the three wildcard slots, who then face the two winners of their group.
This playoff is set to kick off on March 29.
The teams that advance to play in this playoff will face a group of four in the best of seven games.
The final game of this playoff series will be played March 30.
The winner of the group will earn the wild cards, and then play a group in the next four rounds.
If both teams advance, the winner of Group B gets the wild Card, and if one of those teams is eliminated, the loser of Group C gets the Wild Card.
If a wildcard team advances, they then face Group D in the quarterfinals.
The first two games in Group D will be best-played on March 30 and 31.
The last two games will be on April 1 and 2.
The winners of those games will play the winner from Group C in the finals.
If the playoffs were held today, I’d expect the top four seeds from the final two rounds to advance to this year�s USOC.
But that doesn�t mean it�s going to happen.
The USA Open has a reputation for having a slow start to the season.
In the four qualifying rounds of the last four years, only one of them has produced a Top 8 finish.
In 2016, there was a Top 10 finish from Round 3 to Round 6.
The US Open is set for a slow opening to the year, which should help with the excitement.
There is one last thing that’s likely to affect the opening day of the USOP.
The U.S. Open�s final round will be televised live on ESPN.
The broadcast will be streamed on the USASportsNetwork.com website.
That�s because, as of March 1, ESPN will no longer be the USOpen�s official broadcast partner.
That change means that ESPN will be responsible for providing coverage of the final rounds of qualifying for the 2017 US Open, and it will likely be the last live broadcast of qualifying matches before the event.
That means that if ESPN has a major news story that happens on the last day of qualifying, they won�t have time to report it before the final day.
So the final eight rounds of qualification