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2013 US Open @ Merion 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th rd set up & 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th rd hole locations


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:10 AM

COURSE SETUP: ROUND ONE OF THE 2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The following are details on the course setup for Round 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, from Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director.

Green Speeds – Today's green speeds before the rain were in the 13- to 13½-foot range on the USGA Stimpmeter. They will likely settle out in the mid-to-high 12s when play resumes.

Rough Grass – In anticipation of today's weather event, the closer-in (roughly 18 feet in width) rough grass in the drive zones, as well as the closer-in (9 feet in width) greenside rough on some of the holes, was mowed last night.  

Weather Affecting Course Setup Decisions – Hole locations for Round 1 were chosen based on the forecast for heavy rains. Further, teeing grounds and hole locations that have more slope were chosen based on the forecast for winds predominantly out of the south for Thursday. However, winds will switch to predominantly from the north on Friday (when we will likely still be playing Round 1). The intent is to provide fair conditions with the knowledge that there will likely be wind in opposite directions for Round 1.  

Total Course Yardage for Thursday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,760 yards out; 3,206 yards in = 6,966 total yards

Hole-by-Hole Information:

Hole 1 – 340 yards; the hole location is front left, which presents very fast putts coming down the hill from the center of the green.  

Hole 2 – 567 yards; the hole location is in the right-back portion of the green.  

Hole 3 – 246 yards; anticipating southerly winds on Thursday, tee markers are placed on the front of the back teeing ground with the hole location in the center, right lower section, hugging the right bunker.

Hole 4 – 640 yards; hole location is on the right side; putts coming from the center of the green are very fast.

Hole 5 – 499 yards;  the hole location is front left; putts coming from beyond or to the right of the hole are extremely fast.

Hole 6 – 489 yards; the hole location is in the center-left portion of the green, hugging the left bunker.

Hole 7 – 382 yards; the hole location is in the center-rear portion of the green.

Hole 8 – 360 yards; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green.

Hole 9 – 237 yards; the hole location is two-thirds of the way back on the left portion of the green over the front-left bunker.

Hole 10 – 301 yards; tee markers are on the back teeing ground; from this tee, the players are able to see the flagstick; the hole location is front right just over the subtle false front, up against the back bunker.

Hole 11 – 375 yards; the hole location is in the back center; the putts in this area are very flat.

Hole 12 – 386 yards; tee markers are placed in the very front of the back teeing ground anticipating northerly winds on Friday; the hole location is in the front left portion of the green; putts from the center of the green are very fast coming down the hill.

Hole 13 – 102 yards; tee markers are placed on the very front portion of the right (lower) teeing ground; the hole location is just over the front bunker; this hole location should produce a fair number of birdies and perhaps even an ace.

Hole 14 – 446 yards; the hole location is in the right portion of the green; putts coming from the center of the green are very fast.

Hole 15 – 413 yards; the hole location is in the back "trough" on the left side of the green; this area has a pronounced pitch from back to front.

Hole 16 – 440 yards; the hole location is in the back left portion of the green.

Hole 17 – 243 yards; the tee markers are placed on the back teeing ground; the hole location is on the left portion of the green.

Hole 18 – 500 yards; anticipating a southerly wind for Thursday, the tee markers are placed on the front portion of the penultimate teeing ground; the hole location is in the right portion of the putting green, which is difficult to access but rather easy to putt up to.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:05 PM

Thanks man, good stuff!!:)

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

MEDIA ADVISORY – June 14

COURSE SETUP: ROUND 2 OF THE 2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The following are details on the course setup for Round 2 of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, from Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director.

Weather Forecast for Friday (provided by Jake Swick of Thor Guard Weather) – About a tenth of an inch of rain fell overnight and with the on-again, off-again showers and sprinkles this morning, we could see up to another tenth of an inch of rain at the most. The other main story to start this morning is the cool northerly winds gusting over 20 mph at times that will keep temperatures below normal today. Winds will decrease throughout the day and as the sun comes out more this afternoon, we will have to watch out for a shower or even a storm, especially around 5 p.m. The clouds should clear out quickly this evening and we are still looking at nearly perfect weather on Saturday under lots of sunshine. Then the next storm system quickly races into Pa. on Sunday bringing back the chance of a shower or storm.

Winds in the morning could reach 10–20 mph out of the north, then will soften as the day goes on.

Green Speeds – Today’s green speeds are roughly one-half foot slower than yesterday due to overnight rain (1/10th inch) and our caution with predicted winds of upwards of 30 mph.  The speeds will range 12½ to 13 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter during the day.  

Fairway and Rough Grass – Most fairways were cut this morning, but only four were rolled due to standing casual water. Roughs were not cut during yesterday’s p.m. maintenance due to rain.  
Total Course Yardage for Thursday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,689 yards out; 3,212 yards in = 6,901 total yards

Hole-by-Hole Information:

Hole 1 – 356 yards; the hole location is three-quarters of the way back hugging the right side.  

Hole 2 – 557 yards; the hole location is in the center left portion of the green.  

Hole 3 – 203 yards; tee markers are on the forward teeing ground with the hole location placed 7 paces past the front edge of the green; tee shots should be played downwind.  

Hole 4 – 628 yards; the hole location is on the front left “ledge” of the green.

Hole 5 – 504 yards; the hole location is in the center of the green; the hole should have a helping wind out of the right.

Hole 6 – 491 yards; the hole location is in the center of the green; this hole will also have a helping wind out of the right.

Hole 7 – 368 yards; the hole location is placed in the center left portion of the green just short of the back left “bowl.”

Hole 8 – 363 yards; the hole location is in the back left portion of the green; most putts on the green will be uphill to the hole.

Hole 9 – 219 yards; the hole location is in the front portion (6 paces on) of this kidney-shaped green; shots played from past the hole will be fast coming back down the hill.

Hole 10 – 313 yards; tee markers are on the back teeing ground; the hole location is in the back left portion of the green.

Hole 11 – 363 yards; the hole location is in the center right portion of the green.

Hole 12 – 405 yards; the hole location is in the center left portion, just left of the “spine” that runs front to back through the green.

Hole 13 – 123 yards; tee markers are placed on the left side (upper) of the teeing ground; the hole location is center back of this “bowl” green; tee shots played with less spin will be advantageous.

Hole 14 – 453 yards; tee markers were kept on the forward teeing ground for round 2 because of the headwind on tee shots; the hole location is placed back left, bringing the closely mown mound left of the green into play.

Hole 15 – 414 yards; the hole location is tucked behind the bunker that fronts the right portion of the green.

Hole 16 – 434 yards; the hole location is placed five or so paces above the front right bowl.

Hole 17 – 206 yards; the tee markers are placed on the forward teeing ground; the hole location is in the front right portion of the green just above the false front; the tee shots are into the north wind.

Hole 18 – 501 yards; the tee markers are again placed on the penultimate teeing ground even with the northerly downwind tee shot; the hole location is on the front left portion of the green; the hole should play downwind.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:49 AM

COURSE SETUP: ROUND 3 OF THE 2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The following are details on the course setup for Round 3 of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, from Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director.

Weather Forecast for Saturday (provided by Jake Swick of Thor Guard Weather) – Enjoy very nice conditions today under lots of sunshine this morning with maybe just a few fair weather clouds mixing in at times this afternoon. Temperatures will be warm up to their seasonal norm this afternoon in the lower 80s. The humidity will be comfortably low by lunchtime with a light breeze out of the northwest this morning and then the westerly flow this afternoon may reach near 10 mph a couple of times during the afternoon hours. Mostly clear skies this evening will give way to partly cloudy skies overnight, keeping temperatures up a few degrees from last night. Southwest winds will become more noticeable throughout the day on Sunday ahead of the next storm system, which will also increase our humidity. Look for a decent amount of clouds on Sunday too, along with a 40 percent chance of a shower or storm. And that chance of showers and storms continues Sunday night into Monday as we get warmer and more muggy.

Green Speeds – Today’s green speeds are in 13- to 13½-foot range on the USGA Stimpmeter.  
Fairway and Rough Grass – All fairways were mowed this morning. The rough’s first cut (18 feet in width of drive zones; 9 feet in width around greens) was cut immediately after play last night.  

Total Course Yardage for Saturday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,679 yards out; 3,254 yards in = 6,933 total yards

Hole-by-Hole Information:

Hole 1 – 342 yards; the hole location is a third of the way back, hugging the right bunker.  

Hole 2 – 556 yards; the hole location is in the center-right portion of the green.  

Hole 3 – 245 yards; tee markers are placed on the forward portion of the back tee; the hole location is placed on the relatively difficult upper-left shelf.

Hole 4 – 604 yards; tee markers have been moved to the forward teeing ground, which will allow players to drive closer to the fairway cross bunker and possibly attempt to hit the green in two shots; the hole location is three-quarters of the way back on the left; most putts will be uphill.  

Hole 5 – 510 yards; the hole location is in the center-back portion of the green.

Hole 6 – 477 yards; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green, several paces over the false front.

Hole 7 – 363 yards; the hole location is placed in the center-right portion of the green, hugging the right bunker.

Hole 8 – 351 yards; the hole location is in the front-right portion of the green, just over the deep bunker that fronts the green; with relatively soft greens, players should be able to impart enough spin to make this a reasonable birdie opportunity.

Hole 9 – 231 yards; the hole location is in the center-left plateau.

Hole 10 – 280 yards; tee markers have been moved forward to the penultimate teeing ground, giving an opportunity to drive the green; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green just past the front bunker and the false front; putts played from the middle of the green are very fast.

Hole 11 – 370 yards; the hole location is placed in the back-left corner of this kidney-shaped green.

Hole 12 – 403 yards; the hole location is placed in the center-right portion, just above the front-right bunker; there is a subtle false front between the hole location and the bunker; putts from the center of the green are very fast.

Hole 13 – 98 yards; tee markers are placed on the front left side of the upper teeing ground; the hole location is in the front-left portion of this “bowl” green.

Hole 14 – 476 yards; tee markers have been moved to the back teeing ground; the hole location is placed in the back-center portion just left of the “trough” which runs through the center of the green.

Hole 15 – 397 yards; tee markers have been moved slightly forward, giving a few more options off the tee; the hole location is placed on the front-left plateau of the green; putts played from the center of the green must be played very high to negotiate the severe right-to-left break.

Hole 16 – 446 yards; the hole location is placed in the back-right portion of the green; the flagstick/wicker is semi-blind to blind from the right side of the fairway due to the ridge at the front of the quarry.

Hole 17 – 254 yards; the tee markers are placed on the back teeing ground; the hole location is in the center of the green just right of a center ridge/undulation that runs front to back.

Hole 18 – 530 yards; given the good weather prediction, the tee markers are placed on the back teeing ground; the relatively light westerly winds will be out of the right on this tee shot; the hole location is in the back-center portion of the green; putts tend to “feed” to this hole location.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:52 AM

2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
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Saturday, June 15
73 Make the Cut
A total of 73 players made the cut, which came at 8-over-par 148.
Amateurs Making the Cut
Four amateurs made the cut at the 2013 U.S. Open: Michael Kim (Del Mar, Calif.), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Chinese Taipei), Michael Weaver (Fresno, Calif.) and Kevin Phelan (Republic of Ireland).

The last time four amateurs made the cut in a U.S. Open was 2004 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (Spencer Levin, Casey Wittenberg, Bill Haas, Chez Reavie). Four amateurs also made the cut in 1996 and 1976.

The last time more than four amateurs made the cut was in 1971, here at Merion, when five players (Jim Simons, Lanny Wadkins, Ben Crenshaw, Danny Yates, Jim Masserio) advanced to the weekend.

Local/Sectional Qualifiers Making the Cut
None of the 20 local/sectional qualifiers in this year’s field made the cut and marks the first time since 1997 (when this record was first researched) that no qualifiers advanced to the final 36 holes. The previous low of local/sectional qualifiers to make the cut was in 2007 and 2009.

Champions Making the Cut
Five U.S. Open champions advanced to play the final 36 holes: Webb Simpson (2012), Rory McIlroy (2011), Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008), Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and Ernie Els (1994 and 1997). Simpson is the fourth defending champion in the last five years to make the cut; McIlroy missed the cut in 2012.

U.S. Amateur Participants at Merion Golf Club Making the Cut
Of the five 1989 U.S. Amateur participants in the field, only Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker made the cut. Five players who participated in the 2005 U.S. Amateur also made the cut: Kevin Chappell, Billy Horschel, Nicholas Thompson, Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley.

2009 Walker Cup Match
Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffmann were the only members of either 2009 Walker Cup Match Team to play in the championship, and only Fowler made the cut.


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Oldest to Make the Cut
Kevin Sutherland, who will turn 49 on July 4, is the oldest remaining player at the U.S. Open. There were nine players in the field who were 45 or older. Sutherland was the second oldest after Jay Don Blake (age 54) when the championship began on Thursday.





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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:37 PM

Yowsers some of those are tough!

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:07 PM

Posted here


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:08 PM

3rd rd hole locations are posted here
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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:18 AM

COURSE SETUP: ROUND 4 OF THE 2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The following are details on the course setup for Round 4 of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, from Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director.

Weather Forecast for Sunday (provided by Jake Swick of Thor Guard Weather) Look for more clouds than sun this morning with a shower or few sprinkles possible as the first wave of the next storm system weakens heading into our existing drier air from yesterday. Southwesterly winds will pick up by this afternoon though, with gusts past 15 mph at times. Combine that with a bit more sunshine projected to start this afternoon and we should become warm enough and humid enough to get some shower and thunderstorm activity started with the second piece of energy. Fortunately because of all the extra cloud cover, the latest indications are that the atmosphere may not be as unstable as previously thought. Therefore expect a shower or storm to be possible from 2 p.m. on with the best chance for scattered showers (60 percent) and maybe a storm (30 percent) by 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. A shower or storm is possible as well this evening, however most of the action should die down after sunset. Monday should start out muggier than this morning and it will also be hotter as well with just the slimmest risk of a shower or storm.  

Green Speeds – The final round’s green speeds are in the 13- to 13½-foot range on the USGA Stimpmeter.  
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Fairway and Rough Grass – All fairways were mowed this morning. The rough’s first cut (18 feet in width of drive zones; 9 feet in width around greens) was mowed immediately after play last (Saturday) night.  

Total Course Yardage for Sunday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,646 yards out; 3,207 yards in = 6,853 total yards


Hole-by-Hole Information:

Hole 1 – 360 yards; the hole location is in the back-left portion of the green.  

Hole 2 – 525 yards; tee markers have been moved forward to the penultimate teeing ground, which will give players a better opportunity to reach the green in two shots; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green.  

Hole 3 – 266 yards; tee markers are placed on the back tee; the hole location is two-thirds of the way back on the right; properly played tee shots should “feed” into this area.

Hole 4 – 571 yards; tee markers have been placed forward on the penultimate teeing ground; the hole location is in the front-center portion of the green.  

Hole 5 – 495 yards; the hole location is in the front-center portion of the green.

Hole 6 – 477 yards; the hole location is in the back-right portion of the green.

Hole 7 – 490 yards; the hole location is on the front (first) left plateau.

Hole 8 – 353 yards; the hole location is in the back-right portion of the green.

Hole 9 – 246 yards; the hole location is in the back-left quadrant of this kidney-shaped green.

Hole 10 – 280 yards; tee markers are placed on the penultimate teeing ground, giving an opportunity to drive the green; the hole location is in the left portion of the green.

Hole 11 – 356 yards; the hole location is in the front-right portion, hugging the edge of the water hazard.

Hole 12 – 419 yards; the hole location is in the far back-right portion of the green.

Hole 13 – 121 yards; tee markers are placed on the back-right side of the lower teeing ground; the hole location is in the center, to the far right of the green.  

Hole 14 – 452 yards; tee markers have been placed on the back teeing ground; the hole location is in the front-center of the green; putts played from beyond the hole are very fast.

Hole 15 – 422 yards; tee markers have again been moved slightly forward, giving a few more options off the tee; the hole location is back right, tucked behind the bunker that fronts the right side of the putting green.  

Hole 16 – 423 yards; the hole location is in the front-left portion of the green, just above the front right “bowl.”

Hole 17 – 213 yards; the tee markers have been moved forward to the penultimate teeing ground; the hole location is in the back-right portion of the green in an area where balls will “feed” if the proper shot is played; birdies are a much better possibility in the final round.

Hole 18 – 511 yards; given the southerly headwind prediction, the tee markers are moved forward to the penultimate teeing ground; the hole is in the back left “bowl” in the traditional final-day championship location; balls should “feed” to this area.  




The corrected yardage from the Round 4 Course Set Up notes are as follows:

Hole 6 is 490 yards
Hole 7 is 340 yards
Hole 10 is 290 yards
Hole 17 is 229 yards
Total yardage: 3,646 yards out; 3,223 yards in = 6,869 yards



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:27 AM

Having never played Merion - I have no idea if those are the most difficult hole locations or are "get-able."

Considering its the final round of the US Open.....I'm gonna guess they're pretty tough.

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:20 PM

View Postlumberman2462, on 16 June 2013 - 10:27 AM, said:

Having never played Merion - I have no idea if those are the most difficult hole locations or are "get-able."

Considering its the final round of the US Open.....I'm gonna guess they're pretty tough.

Seems like Mike Davis had tried to have a fair mix of difficult hole locations with some that offer good birdie opportunities
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