Since it’s been 32 years since Merion has hosted a US Open, there won’t be a single player in the field who has played an Open at the historic course in Ardmore. There will be several players however that do have USGA Championship experience at Merion as the course played host to both the 2005 U.S. Amateur and the 2009 Walker Cup. Incidentally, two players, PGA TOUR Pro Brian Harman and legendary PA Mid-Am Nathan Smith, played in both of those events, however neither are currently qualified for the US Open this year.
So who are the players with a positive history at Merion? Well, to be blunt, not many.
What would you do if there was a spike mark between your ball and the cup? If you’re Sergio Garcia and it was the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, you would grab your wedge, bump a smooth little chip over the spike mark and drain your 6 foot par chip…from the middle of the green. Say what you will about Sergio, he is always fun to watch!
"Merion has got six or seven holes that are not very hard, and several of them in a row. I think you go from 7-12 or 13 that are short holes. But the rest of the holes, I mean you’ve got 550 and 530. You are either going to play a really difficult hole or a birdie-able hole. I think Merion will stand up just fine. Merion is a great golf course, been a great test of golf for years. Yes it is a tight piece of property. Yes the guys hit the ball a long way. But I think Merion will restrict them a little bit and force them to play well."