Based on the dire forecast, it could be a day for the ducks today at Merion (or worse if there’s hail and wind). A good day, perhaps, to curl up with a good book. Like Jim Finegan’s epic labor of love, A Centennial Tribute to Golf in Philadelphia, published in 1996. He includes this observation by Pete Dye, who penned a tribute to Merion East in Golf Journal on the eve of the 1981 U.S. Open: “Merion is a wee wisp of golf’s ancestral land spirited away to a Pennsylvania valley….The building of it must have presented an awesome challenge to Hugh Wilson. The gently rolling farmland chosen for the site in no way resembled the rugged tide-swept linksland he had studied. Yet he so thoroughly grasped the basic concepts of English and Scottish courses that he was able to reproduce many of their characteristics.” Dye concludes with this: “Merion asks the golfer to enjoy its classic beauty, but it demands his alertness, his golf knowledge, his courage and his finest ability. Merion is not great because history was made here. History was made here because Merion is great.” Hopefully the weather is dry enough by the weekend to bear out this truism.
12:15 PM Update: Play is back under way at the 113th U.S. Open. Radar (above) looks good for the rest of the day.
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