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Course setup information for Round 2 at Merion

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With the second round of the U.S. Open underway, USGA executives released information on how Merion Golf Club will set up for players as the season's second major continues Friday:

Green Speeds: Today’s green speeds are roughly one-half foot slower than yesterday due to overnight rain (1/10th inch) and our caution with predicted winds of upwards of 30mph. The speeds will range 12.5 to 13 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter during the day.

Fairways and Rough Grass: Most fairways were cut this morning, but four were only rolled due to standing casual water. Roughs were not cut during yesterday’s p.m. maintenance due to rain.

Weather Forecast for Friday: Generally around a tenth of an inch of rain fell overnight and with the on again, off again showers and sprinkles this morning we could see up to another tenth of an inch of rain at the most. The other main story to start this morning is the cool northerly winds, gusting over 20 mph at times that will keep temperatures below normal today. Winds will decrease throughout the day and as the sun comes out more this afternoon, we will have to watch out for a shower or even a storm, especially around 5 p.m. The clouds should clear out quickly this evening and we are still looking at nearly perfect weather on Saturday under lots of sunshine.

Total Course Yardage for Friday (tee marker settings to flagstick) = 3,689 yards out; 3,212 yards in = 6,901 total yards (will be shortest Open yardage since Pebble Beach in 2000)

Hole-by-Hole Information:

Hole 1 – 356 yards; the hole location is three-quarters of the way back hugging the right side. (Green depth 37 paces; hole 25 paces on, three paces from the right)

Hole 2 – 557 yards; the hole location is in the center left portion of the green. (Green depth 37; hole 17 on, three from the left)

Hole 3 – 203 yards; tee markers are on the forward teeing ground with the hole location placed 7 paces past the front edge of the green; tee shots should be played downwind. (Green depth 47; hole seven on, four from the left)

Hole 4 – 628 yards; the hole location is on the front left “ledge” of the green. (Green depth 40; hole 10 on, three from the left)

Hole 5 – 504 yards; the hole location is in the center of the green; the hole should have a helping wind out of the right. (Green depth 36; hole 18 on, 11 from the right)

Hole 6 – 491 yards; the hole location is in the center of the green; this hole will also have a helping wind out of the right. (Green depth 36; hole 22 on, 14 from left)

Hole 7 – 368 yards; the hole location is placed in center left portion of the green just short of the back left “bowl”. (Green depth 47; hole 31 on, three from the left)

Hole 8 – 363 yards; the hole location is the back left portion of the green; most putts on the green will be uphill to the hole. (Green depth 23; hole 15 on, five from the left)

Hole 9 – 219 yards; the hole location is in the front portion (6 paces on) of this kidney-shaped green; shots played from past the hole will be fast coming back down the hill. (Green depth 42; hole six on, five from the right)

Hole 10 – 303 yards; tee markers are on the back teeing ground; the hole location is in the back left portion of the green. (Green depth 37; hole 29 on, five from the left)

Hole 11 – 363 yards; the hole location is placed in the center right portion of the green. (Green depth 30; hole 15 on, three from the right)

Hole 12 – 405 yards; the hole location is placed in center left portion just left of the “spine” that runs front to back through the green. (Green depth 37; hole 21 on, five from the left)

Hole 13 – 123 yards; tee markers are placed on the left side (upper) of the teeing ground; the hole location is center back of this “bowl” green; tee shots played with less spin will be advantaged. (Green depth 20; hole 14 on, 10 from both right and left sides)

Hole 14 – 453 yards; tee markers were kept on the forward teeing ground for round 2 because of the headwind on tee shots; the hole location is placed back left portion bringing the closely mown mound left of the green into play. (Green depth 41; hole 30 on, six from the left)

Hole 15 – 414 yards; the hole location is tucked behind the bunker that fronts the right portion of the green. (Green depth 33; hole 17 on, seven from the right)

Hole 16 – 434 yards; the hole location is placed five or so paces above the front right bowl. (Green depth 44; hole 25 on, five from the right)

Hole 17 – 206 yards; the tee markers are placed on the forward teeing ground; the hole location is in the front right portion of the green just above the false front; the tee shots are into the north wind. (Green depth 40; hole 14 on, three from the right)

Hole 18 – 501 yards; the tee markers are again placed on the penultimate teeing ground even with the northerly downwind tee shot; the hole location is on the front left portion of the putting green; the hole should played downwind. (Green depth 31; hole 12 on, eight from the left)

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