ARDMORE, Pa. – Merion held its own this week at the 113th U.S. Open, so long as you don’t mind seeing the winner battered and bruised.
Whether the sub-7,000-yard track outside Philadelphia will host another major remains to be seen. After all, it took 32 years for the Open to return to the East Course, and it was reported that the USGA expected to absorb a $10 million loss to host this week’s event.
But count Tiger Woods among those who expect Merion to host another major in the future.
“I’m sure it will come back,” he said Sunday. “Obviously there are some vendors that are going to make some money with hospitality and that nature. But I think that overall, as a golf course, yes, it can be played (here). Golf course-wise, it could definitely host another major championship. But I don’t know if the USGA wants to – they make a lot of money on other venues.”
At 13-over 293, Woods this week posted his highest 72-hole score in relation to par at a major.
“It was a good week overall,” he said. “I’m sorry that the golf wasn’t what I would like to have it.
“But it was a fantastic atmosphere; the people were into it. Obviously there weren’t as many people as some of the U.S. Open sites. But this was, I think, more intimate. People were very close to you. Sometimes we get a lot of people, like at Bethpage, but they’re so far off away from us. Here, because the property is so small, I think the galleries were a little bit closer than they have been in most U.S. Open sites.”