Sunday, June 16

Merion Is Like Boxing Great Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier and Merion pack a powerful punch.
IN A PIECE AT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE on GolfDigest.com, former USGA Executive Director David Fay compared the East Course at Merion Golf Club where the 2013 U.S. Open is being staged this week to boxing great Joe Frazier.

"There was a headline this morning. After two rounds the winner is Merion," Fay said.

"I think it's held up well. You have a historic masterpiece here, and it is proving it is up to the challenge and taking everything that contemporary golf can dish out. We're in Philly. Joe Frazier. That's how I look at Merion. It's a compact heavyweight. It's relentless. There are some times when you think you can let your guard down you might get a whistling left hook and wonder what hit you."

So true.

For example, Merion's 17th and 18th holes are a fierce combination, able to knock out any player in the field. Which means the winner of the 113th U.S. Open championship will probably be in doubt until the final bell sounds. Anything can happen.

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