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June 15, 2013

Can U.S. Open host Merion withstand today's equipment?

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Could it happen? Sure. But I don’t expect scoring like Rory McIlroy’s 16-under at Congressional. At 6,996 yards, the course appears much shorter than it will play. Some of the holes are a hundred yards shorter than comparable holes at other “long” courses. But the remainder of the holes are at least as long, maybe longer. So, leave out the shortest holes, the rest of the course will play like a 7,700-yard monster.

Evidence are par 3s of 236, 246 and 256 yards. Then we have par 4s of 464, 487, 504 and 521 yards. And finally par 5s of 556 and 628 yards. This doesn’t sound so short to me! Yes, there are some birdie holes, but they will be balanced out by enough bogey opportunities. The United States Golf Association will do its typically fine job of making the course demanding with narrow fairways, thick rough, fast greens and tough pin placements.

It will be interesting to see how Merion holds up. I think a lot of golfers are rooting for Merion. As Trevino said, “I fell in love with Merion and I don’t even know her last name.”

RULES QUIZ

With the recent heavy rains, this rules quiz might be timely. John is playing golf the morning after moderate rainfall. On the second hole, he has a 1-foot putt for a par five. He notices that the hole is partially filled with water. In order to keep his ball and hands dry, John taps in, but catches the ball before it can drop to the bottom of the hole. What is John’s score?

STATE SOUTHPAWS

This past weekend, the Indiana Lefties played their state championship at the Players Club in Yorktown just outside of Muncie. Your author didn’t fare too well, but Dave Jongleux walked away with his second title with some great play. Jongleux fired rounds of 75 and 73 to best defending champion Rick Roark by three shots. The senior division was won by Indianapolis’ Milt Yakey with a total of 156. The Masters Division was captured by tournament director Jack Hammond.

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