09 Jun '13, 8pm

Shifting gears: Hole-by-hole at Merion

Shifting gears: Hole-by-hole at Merion

Want to know why the brought the U.S. Open back to Merion? Just stand on the 11th tee, look down to your right, and read the plaque there: “On September 27, 1930 and on this hole Robert Tyre Jones Jr. completed his Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Amateur Championship.” Now try to throttle down and hit the 22-yard wide fairway, the narrowest one out there. It’s actually too narrow, absurdly so, but what will induce a layup isn’t its waif-like appearance. Players must avoid the proximity of Cobbs Creek, starting at 226 yards off the tee and winding its way across the front of the green, then wrapping around the right side and running close to the back of the green as well. No need to flirt with that, not when you have the second-smallest green on the course with a bunker left and a putting surface that tilts away from it to water. The only sensible way to play this hole is ca...

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