USGA whiffed on anchored putting but hit homer by selecting Merion

Some are calling Merion Golf Club a pint-sized major championship venue because it stretches to only 6,996 yards. The historic par-70 U.S. Open course falls about 500 yards short of normal major championship yardage requirements.

But when you consider Merion’s storied history, it is nothing short of gargantuan.

Bobby Jones completed the Grand Slam at Merion in 1934. Ben Hogan came back from a near-fatal accident and won here in 1950. Lee Trevino beat Jack Nicklaus in a playoff for the ages in 1971. David Graham won the most recent U.S. Open at Merion in 1981.

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