In a week that saw a golf course eat some of the world's best golfers alive, it might be surprising to see that four amateurs are among those who will play the final 36 holes at Merion Golf Club. Until you read their impressive amateur resumes.
Why is Merion Golf Club kicking serious butt? The first-round leader (Phil Mickelson) is only 3 under, with only five rounds completed in red and an average stroke score of 74.2. Our Bradley S. Klein offers up 10 reasons for Merion's toughness.
Merion Golf Club did not prove to be as easy as 1-2-3. At least not for the world's top three players. With Adam Scott picking up a 2-over 72 and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both posting 73s, there is plenty of work to be done for the trio.