A whole new era of golf history is about to unfold during this year’s U.S. Open at Merion. No doubt, the 18th hole of the East Course will play a big part in deciding the outcome of the area’s biggest golf event, much like it did when Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron approach shot helped him win the 1950 U.S. Open. Come Sunday, June 16, this hole will again be in the spotlight, as the 2013 winner plays his final shot in regulation. But it won’t be a cakewalk.
“With a sloping fairway, the target area looks smaller than it is because of the severity of the slope, and if you do hit the fairway, you have an awkward, downhill, side-hill lie,” says Merion’s head pro Scott Nye. “The green is a false front, and it rolls away in a bit of a turtleback. The key to doing well is to hit a good drive and miss left, if you are going to play a bit more conservative.”
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