Merion makes impressions at Walker Cup

ARDMORE, Pa. — Some people think the U.S. will win. Others think it will be the Great Britain & Ireland team that comes out on top.

But one thing everyone agrees on – the players in particular – is that Merion Golf Club will be a great test of golf and be in perfect condition when the two sides square off Saturday and Sunday in the 42nd Walker Cup.

“The golf course is absolutely awesome,” said American Adam Mitchell. “It’s a course that has stood the test of time and you can understand why it has hosted so many major championships. It certainly has lived up to everything I’ve heard about it and more.”

Added Nathan Smith who, at 31, is the only mid-amateur on the U.S. squad: “The greens are firm and fast and the rough is high. This is the kind of golf course that will make for some great match-play moments.”

Although he’s only 18, England’s Tommy Fleetwood feels he knows a great golf course when he plays one. And Merion is one of them.

“It’s just amazing,” this year’s Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play champion said of the course. “Every hole is fantastic. This is a course where you never get tired of playing. The rough is up and I think the greens are going to be the main problem as far as who makes the putts and who doesn’t. This is one of the best challenges of golf I’ve ever played.”

In two days we’ll find out who can handle that rough and manage the undulating, lightning-fast greens. One thing is certain: The team that does both the best will be taking home the Walker Cup.

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