Under-sized Merion still has a place on U.S. Open rota

The Merion Golf club logo is displayed on a hole flag at the Merion Golf club in Haverford,...

The Merion Golf club logo is displayed on a hole flag at the Merion Golf club in Haverford, Pennsylvania. (REUTERS File Photo)

JON MCCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

This year's U.S. Open is already a success.

When the USGA left Merion Golf Club after the 1981 U.S. Open, everyone involved figured it was for the last time.

It seemed the tournament had outgrown the facility.

"Really, it had nothing to do with the golf course in terms of how it played, in terms of a test of golf," USGA executive director Mike Davis said at a recent media day for this year's event. "But it had everything to do with how do you fit a modern day U.S. Open on this 111 acres."

Let's put that into perspective. One hundred and eleven acres is less than half a square kilometre. In comparison, Augusta National is spread across more than 350 acres.


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