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The 2013 US Open, shop golf’s second and most difficult major of the season, tadalafil gets underway on Thursday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, ailment PA. Between the short, water-logged course and the pairing of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlory, this major is creating more buzz than usual and is definitely one you will want to turn your attention towards.

If you checked out of the golf scene after Adam Scott won the Masters, it’s time to tune back in this weekend as the season’s toughest major is always unpredictable as the best golfers in the world face off.

What You Need to Know

  • The US Open is the hardest Major of the four (the Masters, the US Open, the (British) Open, and the PGA Championship) played each year. The USGA (United States Golf Association), the governing body of golf and creator of the rules, makes the course so difficult to promote a winning score around par.  The average winning score for PGA Tour events is well under par.  The USGA sets the course up to rattle the nerves of the steadiest players, and frighten the over-confident. They lengthen the rough and make the greens blistering fast.  The US Open is about survival.

Merion Golf Club will be a challenging test for the players at the US Open

  • The 2013 US Open will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA, located about 15 miles southeast of Philadelphia.  It is an historic venue that hosted a 1981 US Open and the 2005 US Amateur.  Its signature is that each green does not have a flag, but a post with a red wicker basket.  The course will be extremely challenging, but will also be a much shorter layout than recent Opens. At 6,996 yards this will be the first US Open course under 7,000 yards since 2004.
  • In addition to the course’s challenges and the pressure of performing in a major championship, players will be faced with the wrath of mother nature. Tropical storm Andrea dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain on the course last Saturday.  This has caused flooding on the course.  Subsequent rainfalls have not helped and with thunderstorms in the forecast it could get even dicier. Talking about the weather will not be small talk this week.

Who to Watch For:

The USGA always tries to create a pairing that has a large buzz factor and this year will not disappoint. The top three players in the world will be paired together for the first two days of the championship.  Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Adam Scott will tee off at 1:14 PM EST on Thursday and 7:44 AM EST on Friday. (Pictured in this article’s featured image.)

The two past Major winners in Rory McIlory (2012 PGA Championship) and Adam Scott (2013 Masters) are still overshadowed by Tiger’s dominance in 2013. He’s won 4 of the 8 events he’s played. Absurd!  Even though he recorded his worst nine hole score in his PGA career earlier this month at The Memorial, never count him out.  He has un-matched focus. All he cares about are Majors. This could be his fifteenth, and fourth US Open.

Adam Scott

 

My “sleeper pick” for the week is Rickie Fowler (33rd in Official World Golf Ranking).  He is an incredible young talent with a bold fashion sense. He brings something different to golf, but has the game to back it up.  He played in the most prestigious team Amateur event, The Walker Cup, at Merion in 2009. He played extremely well.  No matter how wet the conditions, because of his young confidence and good memories he could get into the mix come Sunday.

Rickie Fowler dresses and plays to impress

When to Watch (All Times Central)

Thursday, June 13

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: ESPN

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: NBC

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:  ESPN

Friday June 14

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: ESPN

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: NBC

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: ESPN 

Saturday, June 15

11:00 AM to 6:30 PM NBC

Sunday, June 16

11:00 AM to 6:30 PM NBC

 

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