Here’s a look at some of the key junctures at Merion Golf Club and how those who played all 72 holes handled things at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods certainly has been active on “Moving Day” in each of the past six major championships. Unfortunately for him, the direction in which he has moved has been backward.
From the start -- two par 5s at Nos. 2 and 4 -- to the finish -- especially No. 18 -- Merion offers up a layout that will simply cause heartburn, and the numbers prove it.
While Adam Scott and Lee Westwood both hold their breath to get inside the cut line at 7 over, Merion showed its teeth on Friday in sending some of golf's best out of contention at the U.S. Open.
Luke Donald posted a 2-under 68 in the completion of the first round on Friday morning and followed it with a solid 2-over 72 to keep himself one shot off the clubhouse lead.
Given that she’s eight days shy of her 14th birthday and has never swung a club professionally, it wouldn’t figure that Amanda Mickelson would be part of U.S. Open folklore. But she is. Twice.
While Merion wreaked havoc with a few scorecards early -- just ask Keegan Bradley -- it was Mother Nature that stole the attention on the morning of the first round at the U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson decided a while back to be home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on the Wednesday before the first round of the U.S. Open to attend his daughter Amanda’s graduation from eighth grade.
Geoff Sisk entered the U.S. Open local qualifier in an attempt simply to get a competitive round under his belt. A few short weeks later, the 48-year-old will tee it up in his seventh U.S. Open.
Look up and down the entry list and you’ll find curiosities with players when it comes to the U.S. Open, but nothing confounds quite like the overall record of Luke Donald and Zach Johnson.