Merion Golf Club should be a good test at U.S. Open

Grounds crew workers squeegee water on the sixth fairway after a rainstorm interrupted play during...

Grounds crew workers squeegee water on the sixth fairway after a rainstorm interrupted play during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, on Monday. (Reuters)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

It’s too early in the week to predict whether Merion will provide a birdie-fest or be a brute at the U.S. Open, but as it stands right now, it looks as if it might be the former rather than the latter at a tournament that prides itself on being a stern test of golf.

“First of all, I think that they had three inches of rain that came through from (Tropical Storm) Andrea, so in all likelihood, the golf course is going to play quite soft,” said former PGA Tour player Dick Zokol.

“That will, in all likelihood, make the golf course a lot easier because the way Merion needs to be set up in order to be a U.S. Open where the winner shoots around par, it’s going to be very difficult to keep the ball in the fairway and if it’s soft, it’s going to be like darts,” he said.

“It will obviously have an effect on the greens, where the players will be able to be a lot more aggressive with their second shots,” added the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member.

 


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