Somewhere today Bobby Jonbes and Ben Hogan are looking down on the haoppenings at Merion Golf Club and they are smiling broadly.
Jones and Hogan had to know that the predicitions were today’s pros with today’s equipment were going to rip Merion apart. This is the same Merion where Jones won two U.S. Amateurs in 1924 and 1930, the last win completing his famed Grand Slam. And it’s the Merion where Ben Hogan won his 1950 U.S. Open.
The legacies of Jones and Hogan were a little bit on the line this week. What would people think about Jones and Hogan if someone today went to Merion and finished, oh, 16 or 18 under?
But with the leading score at the end of the first round just 3 under, and with the ability to count the number of players under par on one hand, Jones and Hogan must be pleased. They both understood Merion, and they likely felt like the talk of 15 or 18 under as a winning score was nothing but fanciful talk. And they are also happy, knownng that their old friend Merion is winning the battle.
The second round is beginning right now, with leader Phil Mickelson scheduled for an afternoon tee time. The trio of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, a combined 8 over, are teeing off now.