As May comes to a close, golf fans will soon be treated to the sport’s second major championship of the year, the U.S. Open. Nearly two months since the Masters concluded in thrilling fashion, the anticipation is building for what will be another stacked field of talent at one of the country’s most prestigious courses. Prepare for another can’t-miss weekend of PGA Golf action with our 2013 U.S. Open preview below.
About Merion Golf Club
The Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., will play host to the 113th U.S. Open golf tournament set for June 13-16. The 2013 edition of the tournament will mark the fifth time that it has been held at the East Course of this historic site, and the first since 1981. Playing at a length of nearly 7,000 yards this year, the par-70 East Course will feature its longest distance ever as host of the U.S. Open, as the yardages of the previous four occasions never surpassed 6,700.
While the length has changed, many of the course’s most notable traditions remain. Merion is famous for its bunkers—nicknamed “the white faces of Merion”—due to their depth and elevated ridges, which are reminiscent of British links courses. Another unique tradition at the club is its use of wicker baskets atop the flag sticks instead of traditional flags. The bright colors of the baskets make it easier for golfers to spot the hole location, but harder for them to determine the direction of the wind.
Scouting the 2013 U.S. Open Field
The lengthened course is certain to challenge all of the field’s 156 golfers, which will include 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, and past U.S. Open winners such as Angel Cabrera, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Geoff Ogilvy, Webb Simpson, and of course, Tiger Woods.
Woods—a three-time U.S. Open champion—has been especially hot as of late, returning to the dominant form that golf fans have grown accustomed to since his arrival on the PGA TOUR in 1996. Woods heads into the year’s second major championship having already notched four wins in 2013, marking the fastest he has ever reached that win total in a year. The only champion in tournament history to win two U.S. Open championships in wire-to-wire fashion, Woods will surely hope that he can turn in a similarly impressive performance to secure his first major since winning this tournament in a memorable 18-hole playoff in 2008. Woods is exempt from qualifying for a spot in the field this year, as he already meets a number of the 15 different tournament exemption requirements.
Some notable exemptions include:
- Winners of U.S. Open in past 10 years
- Winner and runner-up of 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship
- Winners of Masters Tournament in last five years
- Winners of British Open last five years
- Winners of PGA of America Championship last five years
- Players who qualified for season-ending 2012 Tour Championship.
- Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current Official World Golf Ranking as of May 27, 2013
- Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current Official World Golf Ranking as of June 10, 2013
- Special exemptions selected by the USGA.
Regardless of how they qualify for the event, all of the noteworthy fan favorites on tour are certain to compete in this year’s U.S Open. Once an American-dominated event—American golfers won 59 of 62 tournaments from 1928-1993—the major has experienced an increasing trend of non-American champions—the last nine winners have come from six different countries.
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2013 U.S. Open Golf Schedule
June 10-12 | Practice Rounds
June 13 | First Round
June 14 | Second Round
June 15 | Third Round
June 16 | Final Round
June 17 | Playoff (If Necessary)