Graeme McDowell has described the last four holes at Merion as “brutal.” A picture of the 18th suggests that the rain this week won’t be softening the greens but thickening the rough. Trevino had his fun with the thick rough at Merion in 1971. Here is a photo of Hogan in the 1955 Open, when he hooked his drive into the rough on the last playoff hole and took not one, not two, but three shots to get out. Looking at the rough, it’s little wonder. Where have those days gone?
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