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Merion eager to land another major

June 19, 2013

So what exactly might the future hold for Merion Golf Club, as far as hosting more USGA events, maybe even at some point a sixth U.S. Open?

The fifth - but first in 32 years - ended Sunday with Justin Rose holding the trophy, his first at any major. For the most part, everything went about as well as could be expected, despite the obvious logistical issues that holding it on such a small piece of property entails. But since nobody broke par, there can be no more questions about the East Course withstanding the test of time.

"We're going to continue to be very USGA-centric, if you will," reiterated Rick Ill, former club president and the general chairman of the club's championship committee. "The championship committee has talked about another Amateur, and potentially another Walker Cup, after this. And of course we might be open to the possibility of another Open. You never want to say anything's a sure thing. We'll see what happens. And hopefully, so will the USGA. I know people are already looking ahead to 2030, and the 100th anniversary of Bob Jones winning the grand slam [at Merion].

"We'd like to do something with women's golf, too, if possible. We have a very good women's team. So we'd like to look at something on the national level. We'll keep working on it.






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