13 Jun '13, 1am

Mystery of Merion just beginning to unfold as U.S. Open prepares to start:

ARDMORE, Pa. – The affection was genuine. Even better was beating Jack Nicklaus in a playoff. So when Lee Trevino got his hands on the U.S. Open trophy in 1971, the man who never lacked for one-liners gushed, "I love Merion, and I don't even know her last name." For this generation of stars, Merion is more like a blind date. 2013 U.S. OPEN For complete coverage of the U.S. Open, click here. No other course with four U.S. Opens had to wait such a long time – 32 years – for another chance to test the world's best players. Even with Tiger Woods back to No. 1 and winning at a ridiculous rate, so much of the talk at this major championship has been about Merion. For years, it was considered too small to handle such a big tournament and the big hitters with their modern equipment. And with soft greens from more than 6 inches of rain in the last week, the question is whether the ...

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