ARDMORE, Pa. – It’s no surprise that Merion’s infamous 18th was the most difficult hole of the week during the U.S. Open. The 521-yard par 4 gave up only 11 birdies over four days, 208 bogeys, 54 double bogeys and six others. The scoring average was 4.707.
Here are some other statistics to sink your teeth into:
• Although statistically the 18th hole was the most difficult, the par-4 15th hole produced more ‘others’ (18) than any other hole. The par-4 14th was the next closest at nine.
• It’s little surprise that the par-3 115-yard 13th hole was the easiest for the week, playing to a 2.814 average. There were 126 birdies there and only one double bogey.
• The second easiest hole was the par-4 303-yard 10th hole, where Phil Mickelson holed out for eagle in the final round. There were only 11 total eagles for the week, but four of them happened on the 10th hole. There were three eagles on the par-5 556-yard second hole.
• Statistics don’t always tell the story, but they do in the case of winner Justin Rose. He tied for second in fairways hit (42), tied for seventh in greens hit (50), tied for 16th in putts (120) and was 15th in driving average (300.4). He also tied for first in the field by making 15 birdies. Jason Day, who tied for second place with Mickelson, also made 15 birdies.