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June 17, 2013

No guarantee US Open will return to Merion

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“I think the golf course is a great golf course,” said Padraig Harrington. “I enjoyed the course. I enjoyed the test and I’d put up with a little bit of inconvenience to play such a great course.”

“I’d like to see (the Open) come back in the next 10 years,” said Billy Horschel, whose five-over total left him tied for fourth. “I love this course. It beats playing a 7,600-yard course where you’re hitting driver every time.”

Scott, this year’s Masters champion, agreed.

“They should play the course on its merit,” he said, “and I think they did that this week. You just have to deal with the other things. It’s the U.S. Open.”

In the end, as was the case with this Open, Merion’s rich history could again be its salvation.

After all, in 1930 the sport will mark the 100th anniversary of Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam, a still-unmatched feat that was completed here on Merion’s pretty little 11th hole.

What better, more appropriate place to host such a momentous celebration?

Just as long as it’s a small party.

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