Much of the pre-championship chatter this week has centered on the Doomsday Scenario, what might happen if torrential rain were to submerge various holes on Merion’s East course. The answer is that holes from the club’s West course would be brought into service. But what if something worse were to happen? For instance, what if, on the eve of an Open at Southern Hills, a tornado were to destroy the course? What if vandals were to torch all 18 greens at Pebble Beach? Is there a formal contingency plan—a yearly “go-to” course designated by the USGA in the event of emergency? No. Should there be one? It’s a question worth addressing.