13 Jun '13, 9am

US Open: Flags replaced with wicker baskets: Baskets offer no help to players or caddies in terms of wind dire...

US Open: Flags replaced with wicker baskets: Baskets offer no help to players or caddies in terms of wind dire...

Wicker baskets replace flags at Merion Golf Club Baskets offer no help with wind direction COMPETITORS at this week's US Open won’t only have saturated fairways to contend with, as a tradition at Merion Golf Club scraps the golf flag for a wicker basket. The origin of this quirky idea is a mystery but course designer Hugh Irvine Wilson, a Scottish immigrant who returned to his homeland and England for inspiration, is reported to have liked the look of shepherds' staffs while on his scouting trip. The year the baskets were then introduced is also unclear. The baskets, red on the front nine and orange on the back, are taken in every night to stop them being stolen and every player who wins at Merion is presented with one. The tradition, which appears on the club logo, has divided opinion as it offers players and caddies no indication as to the direction and strength of the w...

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