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Video: Reviewing Merion, Talking International PGA

Not to overshadow the great play of the major winners and those who contested for golf's top titles so valiantly in 2013, but as someone intrigued by venue selection the success of Merion was a standout story.

As discussed in the 19th Hole clip here featuring David Fay, John Feinstein, Steve Sands and myself, the course played much tougher than many of us expected and if that's what keeps everyone motivated to return the U.S. Open to Merion in the future, fine. Though as I mention in the segment, players felt some of the setup measures were far from necessary to keep the course relevant.

While the tape wasn't relived, Mr. Feinstein scoffed at my suggestion back in August that the PGA Championship consider an occasional date outside of the USA. Now that we know this to be something the PGA is considering, the 19th Hole cast debates and I'm willing to defend the idea, and predict a date or venue.  

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Looks like Feinstein needs a few more "Good Walks….."
12.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTalking Head
The logistics will indeed be tricky, but I'll take Geoff's judgement over Feinstein's and Fay's. They've got plenty of time to figure that stuff out, and furthermore - if Royal Melbourne is the location they're looking at, I don't agree with Fay that the PGA would have to include more Australian players to generate more local interest. They would get an enormous amount of support from the locals just from the standpoint that it is a major championship.

Coming to terms with all involved about the specific date on the calendar would be the toughest part imo.
12.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
Hey Geoff, you weren't the only guy to tab Royal Melbourne 2020 for the move.
12.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
Do Sands and Feinstein not understand the reason the scores were not at 12-under is because, as stated by Zach Johnson, who let's be honest is not known as a guy who complains, Davis and the boys MANIPULATED the golf course. Merion was a fantastic venue. The course is world-class. No need to build a tee 100 yards behind the one used by members.....on a par 3. What JF said about "whats wrong with having a score of even par winning once a year" shows me the guy just doesn't understand the game the way he thinks he does. There is nothing wrong with even par if that's what happens because of things like weather, firmness, green speeds, etc. To manipulate a course to get a certain number is absolutely ludicrous. Would the week have been any different if Rose won with a score of 6-under? I don't think so. Geoff, I think you need to start taping these segments and others when Feinstein makes statements and then play them all back at the end of the year and throw it back in his face every time he makes a statement and is wrong. He needs that.
12.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Merion moratorium. Pleeze. Great course muscled to make the pros look fearful. That debases the architecture IMHO.
12.18.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin

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