Somewhere, Bobby Jones is laughing. So is Ben Hogan. So are all the golf ghosts brought to the brink of exasperation by this little devil of a golf course outside Philadelphia.
The ghosts of old Merion Golf Club are surely cackling at those who underestimated this place. Sceptics said it was too short, too small, too easy for the US Open. They said its sub-7,000 yards couldn't contain the big hitters of today.
Well, any of those who fretted about the teeth and heft of this course should spend Friday parked by the fifth hole. That's the one that gave up all of two birdies on Thursday againstRead More »from Mickelson good, but Merion better
We all knew this would eventually happen at Merion Golf Club, a place that has wicker baskets at the top of their standards instead of traditional flagsticks. Sergio Garcia hit a basket during a practice round and it was just a matter of time before one of these very talented professionals became a victim of the uniqueness of Merion.
Lee Westwood was strolling along in his opening round at 3-under, tied for the lead at the one Major championship that has seemed to always tease him.
Westwood already had an interesting situation on the sixth hole when an errant second shot flew the green andRead More »from Westwood hits wicker basket at US Open
• A Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia weekend pairing - I mean, who wouldn't want this?
• The weather isn't overly horrible - Listen, I wish at every golf tournament that weather isn't a factor at all (that is, every tournament in the United States ... let the wind blow for days at our dear Open Championship), but it's going to be a problem this week at Merion. I just hope that the rains and the winds don't cause entire days to get cancelled or everything get pushed to a Monday finish. We know the weather is going to be nasty on Thursday, I just hope some of the guys get their rounds in, and theRead More »from Ten things we hope happen at Merion
This week marks the second major of 2013 and the first time the USGA has set foot on Merion Golf Club since 1981. The rough is thick, the course is wet and the yardage is under 7,000 yards. So who wins it this week? We give you five to watch at the U.S. Open.
No. 1 — Tiger Woods
Major Championships — 14
U.S. Open appearances — 18
Best U.S. Open finish — 1 (2000, 2002, 2008)
Best Finish on the PGA Tour in 2013 — 1 (Farmers Insurance Open, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship)
What he has to do to win — The days of "Tiger versus the field" are gone,Read More »from US Open – The five men to watch at Merion
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Unfortunately, the leaders of the sport did nothing in return.
The US PGA Tour whiffed in its response to Garcia's "we will serve fried chicken" barb, announcing no punishment where one was clearly needed.
Garcia is sorry – he said so multiple times on Tuesday at Merion Golf Club, where he's preparing for the 113th US Open – but US Tour commissioner Tim Finchem should be just as sorry for staying silent on the matter. He was in the room when Garcia dropped his stink bombRead More »from Tiger deserved more from US Tour after Garcia’s racist comment
- A U.S. Open trophy replica is next to a plaque commemorating Ben Hogan's famed 1-iron shot. (USA Today)
Golf history comes rushing toward us this week, dominates our senses, fills our souls with nostalgia. The US Open starts on Thursday at Merion Golf Club outside of Philadelphia, where Bobby Jones completed his 1930 Grand Slam, where Lee Trevino outdueled Jack Nicklaus in 1971, where Ben Hogan in 1950 hit the most famous 1-iron in golf history.
To which every player in the field under the age of 40 says: "What's a 1-iron?"
Yes, sports fans, this will be a blast from the sport's past, a rotary phone of a golf experience in a smartphone world. Merion is so old-school and unique, the flagsticksRead More »from Patience and strategy are required at Merion
Here are the things you've probably heard so far about Merion, the venue for the 2013 US Open:
1.) It isn't a long golf course by USGA standards.
2.) The greens are diabolical.
3.) You better hit fairways or you will be dealing with some nasty rough that is intended to ruin your scorecard.
The third one is probably the most important and as you can see from the above picture, absolutely accurate. Justin Rose's caddie, Mark Fulcher, posted the above picture to Twitter and if you're having a hard time trying to figure out what that is in the middle of the picture, it's a golf ball,
Normally golf and rap aren't exactly a winning formula, but when a five-year-old does it we surely don't mind.
Meet Caleb C, who gave us a preview on YouTube of his rap "I love golf" that is set to debut this summer. We have absolutely no idea if he wrote this, or came up with it on his own, but it's really well done considering he's five-years-old and trying to come up with cool ways to talk about golf.
I'm not sure that dance at the end is going to catch fire like Gangnam Style or anything, but the video is worth your time.Read More »from Five-year-old raps about his love of golf
If ever there was a perfect storm for an expensive ticket to a Major championship, it's the 2013 US Open.
Take the potential for a Tiger Woods win, the size of the golf course and the accessible location to so many big cities, and next week's event at Merion might go down as one of the hottest tickets in the history of this Major championship.
According to a report from Philly.com, ticket prices are going for double and triple the face value since the event is already sold out.
One of the biggest factors is simply how many people the USGA is going to allow on the grounds of Merion. A smallRead More »from US Open ticket prices through the roof for Merion
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