The Long And The Short Of It
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/6/13
Among the concerns that some golf fans have surrounding the 2013 U.S. Open Championship at Merion is the relatively short length of the course — under 7,000 yards. They worry that the winning score will be considerably lower than level par.
They had better think again.
The USGA's course setup for Merion includes one of the usual tricks they have employed in recent years: Reducing par at several holes:
The only real respite will be at the 10th hole, a "driveable" par-4 at 303 yards, but the hole requires a rather severe right-to-left ball flight off the tee. And if Luke List is the longest at 305 yards and everybody else is shorter, I suspect that pars will far outweigh the birdies at 10.
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Thats flawed analysis saying that Luke List is the longest driver and everyone else is shorter. Driver off the tee sn't the popular choice as much these days. A majority of pro's can still reach a 303 yard par 4 if they wanted to, but do they need to? Some pro's will even reach this hole with a 3 wood. But many more will hit an iron to get into wedge range. So I say there will be way more birdies than you think at the 10th.
Hogan had to use a 1 iron to reach the green at 18. If the average drive at 18 is now 290 yards (give or take), then today's pro will have to hit 5 wood, 3I or 4I (for the really big hitters) to reach this green. It only seems fair to force these guys to hit a long iron into a green.
Sounds good so far, can't wait to watch!
Those are some gross par 3 yardages.
joe jones says:
My winning score prediction. One over par. The USGA is out to prove a point.They are not going to control distance at this time but they can make a little golf course tighter than a nats fanny. 8 to 20 yard wide landing zones, no first cut rough, 4 inch primary rough, difficult pin locations and greens running north of 13 on the stimpe meter will show everybody who is boss.
I do not think it will be over par to win.Tiger will hit irons off the tee all day to keep accuracy and have a field day,as will many others.
Are you serious? You think these guys will be hitting drivers and fairway metals into the 3rd? Maybe if the wind is really kicking and directly into their face.
I don't know what the yardage was when Hogan won here. They have not been back since '71 when Lee Trevino won. This should be an interesting examination of the changes in equipment.
In 1950 #18 played at about 460 yards.
From articles I've read a key factor will be how soft the course is from rain - lots of rain means winning scores of -15 and a dry course means winning score of par. Given that I'm getting 2+ inches of rain today and I think Philly is getting as least that much, we may see very low scores. However, I think lift, clean, and place is a PGA thing that the USGA is against.
@GBogey Good thing the course will have a week to dry out.
I thought that if you had to hit woods into par 3s you were playing the wrong tees:)
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