The unpredictability of the 2013 U.S. Open will make it must-see television.
On the surface, it appears we are in line for a bundle of birdies. Merion is a short 6,966 yards, and the rain should only make greens softer and fairways easier to hit.
Although it's difficult to imagine anyone approaching Rory McIlroy's ridiculous 16 strokes under par from two years ago, with par sitting at 70, it wouldn't be surprising to see someone best his record 268 total strokes.
Still, it's the U.S. Open.
According to legend Lee Trevino, via Joe Passov of Golf.com, it's as simple as that:
Trevino offers three simple reasons why Merion will more than hold its own, despite its lack of length: "It's a U.S. Open course, it's a U.S. Open course, and it's a U.S. Open course," he says. "Players know that the words 'U.S. Open' mean double the pressure. You can make a mistake at Augusta and get away with it. Not at a U.S. Open."
Don't automatically assume Merion will be a pushover course.
It boasts some insanely tough holes. The par three at No. 3 is 256 yards uphill, the par five at No. 4 is a behemoth 628 yards with a moat-like creek protecting the front of the green and the 521-yard par four at No. 18 is the third longest par 4 in U.S. Open history.
Moreover, while plenty of birdies are expected, the fact that there are only two par fives will limit eagles and limit scores.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods discussed the unpredictability of the course:
With no one really knowing what to expect, the action at Merion is going to be both thrilling and intriguing. Here's a look at where you can watch it all.
Complete TV Schedule
Note: Complete schedule courtesy of USOpen.com
|Thursday, June 13||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||ESPN|
|Thursday, June 13||3 p.m. - 5 p.m.||NBC|
|Thursday, June 13||5 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Friday, June 14||8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.||ESPN|
|Friday, June 14||3 p.m. - 5 p.m.||NBC|
|Friday, June 14||5 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Saturday, June 15||12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sunday, June 16||12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.||NBC|