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Palmer in race against clock to learn Merion

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ARDMORE, Pa. – One of the last players into this week’s field at the U.S. Open arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday and began a race against the clock to learn the nuances of one of golf’s most intricate tests.

Ryan Palmer, one of five alternates who landed spots in the field when no one played their way into the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking last week, learned he’d landed a tee time at Merion late Sunday and arrived at the East Course just past lunch time on Tuesday.

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He planned to play 18 holes on Tuesday, with Matt Kuchar and Matt Weibring, and nine holes on Wednesday.

“Neither one of us have ever seen the course so we wanted to get in as much practice as possible,” said Palmer’s caddie James Edmondson.

Palmer, who lost a playoff at the Dallas-area sectional qualifier last Monday but was the first alternate out of that site, has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour the last few weeks.

He finished fourth at last week’s Fedex St. Jude Classic, fifth at The Players and has missed just one cut since March. This will be Palmer’s fourth U.S. Open start and he finished tied for 21st in 2011 at Congressional.