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Golf Australia Express : June 2013-US OPEN
But don’t let the bruise-free scorecards put you off. If history is anything to go by, we can expect something a little special here. By rights, Merion should be etched into the Australian golfing consciousness, given it was the site of Aussie David Graham’s second major triumph, at the 1981 Open. In a barely believable five-hour display, Graham didn’t miss a single fairway or green in his final round. Stunning. If that doesn’t stir something within, flashback to Lee Trevino’s triumph here in an epic 18-hole playoff against golfing immortal Jack Nicklaus in 1971. Another big name, Ben Hogan, chalked up the second of his four US Open victories at Merion. So what about those flagsticks? Technically, you can’t exactly call them flagsticks, given you’ll see a wicker basket stuck atop each of the 18 pins in place of the traditional fabric. The history of the unique adornments varies depending on who you ask; but who really cares? They might not give away the wind’s direction but they look impressive, and anything that gets people talking golf is all right by us. So what kind of stickman will this little links suit? Someone who can keep it straight off the tee and drop approach shots on a dime on the expectedly small greens. Someone like Rickie Fowler, perhaps? The young American’s love affair with Merion began in 2009, when he won all four of his matches there while playing the Walker Cup during his college years. Time will tell if he can repeat the dose. OTG
July 2013 - THE OPEN