Tag Archives: Merion Golf Club

Jun
17
2013
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Yoda: Jedi knight and pro bono sports psychologist.

Sifting through the post-Merion chatter, Geoff Shackelford happened upon a strange anecdote from Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte. It seems Justin Rose might well have had another reason for gazing affectionately to the skies yesterday evening:

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Jun
16
2013
By Conor Nagle under US Open

Warning: may contain sentimental references to Father’s Day.

Phil looked ready to end a career of US Open heartbreak, but the leaderboard was crowded with big names desperate to spoil his Father’s Day party. Relive the final round with our blow-by-blow account.

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Jun
15
2013
By Conor Nagle under Rules

Never forget.

Without wanting to rekindle debate on the hot rules controversy of two months ago (Tiger + illegal drop = mediapocalypse),  it’s worth freezing a HD camera in the direction of this column by AP sportswriter Jim Litke.

Wandering Merion in search of an angle Thursday, he happened upon the USGA rules compound, where phone-in queries and accusations are becoming something of a nuisance.

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Jun
15
2013
By Conor Nagle under Architecture
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Zach woofing his was out of one of Merion’s particularly hazardous hazards.

Finally. Someone said it.

Former Masters champ Zach Johnson made the most of his post-round media obligations yesterday evening by taking the USGA to task for transforming Merion from a nuanced test of golf into a predictably gruelling, one-note US Open layout.

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Jun
14
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Ugh. Done.

Well, I guess Kevin Chappell is done with that ball!

62? No way. Let’s be real: That was never going to happen. Those who suggested 62 was a possibility clearly have never played Merion, or don’t realize the USGA always figures out a way to protect par. This was never going to turn into Congressional, Part Deux. Merion is in a different class.

Turned out to 67 would be the low score at the halfway mark at the U.S. Open — one posted by Phil Mickelson on Thursday and the other by Billy Horschel on Friday, who both happen to share the 36-hole lead at one-under. And while 62 didn’t happen, perhaps an even more impressive feat was achieved: hitting 18 greens in regulation. 

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Jun
14
2013
By Conor Nagle under US Open

Say it ain’t so.

I’ll save my critique of USGA setups for a little later in the week — I know, the suspense! — but suffice at this point to say, Merion is fulfilling its brief admirably. Mike Davis and his cult of par-worshippers couldn’t have asked for more. Bogeys are far more plentiful than birdies; players are beginning to eye shots with that slightly haunted, nervous look; and with every hour the course stays dry, scores tick steadily skywards. There will be no 62s this week.

Mission accomplished, you might think. But the consensus among media types and players alike is that Merion may well struggle to host another major championship. [Ed. note: Though the word in the member’s pavilion is that the USGA is *begging* the club to return and in fact has already asked.]

Why?

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Jun
14
2013

Nothing to see here, people; move along.

All eyes were on Tiger Woods for this morning’s conclusion of the rain-interrupted first round. The world No1 looked to be nursing a wrist injury — possibly sustained as early as the first hole — as yesterday’s action drew to a close, but refused to be drawn on the subject overnight, opting instead to issue a charateristically terse dismissal of the subject through USGA channels.

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