10 Jun '13, 3pm

Introducing Merion's "Doomsday" scenario. Yikes.

Introducing Merion's "Doomsday" scenario. Yikes.

The 11th green at Merion is one of the most famous in golf. It's where Bobby Jones closed out Eugene Homans, 8 and 7, to win the 1930 U.S. Amateur and complete the Grand Slam with victories in the U.S. and British Opens and Amateur championships in a calendar year. The 11th green at Merion is also infamous. It sits at the lowest portion of the property, perched on a rock wall above Cobbs Creek, just yards south of where the creek intersects with another stream. It is therefore prone to flooding. "It's been flooded probably 40 times in the 12 years I've been here," says Matt Shaffer, Merion's director of golf-course operations. "I've pulled logs and tree trunks off that green. It's had so much silt and grit left on it, the subsurface has turned to concrete. I mean, the players in the U.S. Open better pray it floods a little--otherwise, they won't be able to leave a ball mar...

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