Joe Logan talks to Mike Davis after the Walker Cup at Merion and asks how the week went, though no talk about how pace of play would work with a full field on a cramped course full of short par-4s. Not that the Walker Cup would help answer those questions.
For some fans at the Walker Cup, where crowds ranged from 4,000 to 6,000 each day, one question they came away with is whether Merion can accommodate upwards of 10 times that for the Open. Not Davis.
"First of all, it’s not 10 times," he said. "And believe it or not, there is a lot of room for grandstands. We will have some challenges moving crowds, but you can seat crowds on the course. It will work, it will absolutely work."
If anything, added Davis, Merion has better potential for viewing than some other Open venues, such as Winged Foot. "All the greens sit up in the air there, and there are trees around every one of them and we can’t get grandstands around many of them," said Davis.
Still, Davis noted that Merion will be a "small Open," with maybe 25,000 spectators each day. But they knew that before they picked it for ’13.