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  1. Quotable: Phil Mickelson Used Merion as Motivation to Win British Open

    Jul 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Phil Mickelson came up a little short in his bid to win the 2013 U.S. Open in June, so instead he went out and won a different major tournament for the first time ever. With a historic final round on Sunday, Lefty was victorious at the British Open to secure his fifth major championship. Afterwards…

  2. Which One of You Stole $10k in Booze from the U.S. Open and Where Is Our Block Party Invite?

    Jun 24, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    This is like a week old but I was on vacation and am just seeing it today and feel like one of you may want to invite the Level crew and probably half of our readers over for one giant booze-filled block party in the near future. Because someone stole a shit ton of booze…

  3. Justin Rose Won the U.S. Open by Watching Star Wars, More or Less

    Jun 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t quite overcoming five runner-up finishes to finally win the U.S. Open on his 43rd birthday, but Justin Rose’s story was pretty good by itself. Rose on Sunday became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since 1970 and he did it on Father’s Day. Rose was primarily coached in the game by…

  4. Sergio Garcia Says Philly Hecklers ‘not very creative’

    Jun 17, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Philly sports fans have long been considered innovators, but Sergio Garcia is not impressed. Garcia had a long weekend at Merion Golf Club, finishing at 15-over for the U.S. Open. Lucky for him nobody is going to remember what he shot this year. His 2013 Open experience will be all about the amount of heckling…

  5. Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson Praise Philadelphia and Its Fans for Hosting a Wonderful U.S. Open

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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    Remember the early week threat of a “doomsday scenario” at Merion? The idea that the 2013 U.S. Open could be a nightmare are now long forgotten after four wonderful days in Ardmore. U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and runner-up-for-life Phil Mickelson both talked about what a wonderful hosting job Merion Golf Club and the Philadelphia…

  6. Photo Gallery: Merion Golf Club at Night

    Jun 17, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Let me tell you a little story, Danny. I once knew a guy who could have been a great golfer, could have gone pro. All he needed was a little time and practice. Decided to go to college instead. Went for four years, did pretty well. Then at the end of his four years, his…

  7. Video: Shawn Stefani Hits Hole in One, Is Incredibly Lucky

    Jun 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    You don’t see a hole in one every day. You see even fewer that are sunk by accident. That’s the best I can describe what Shawn Stefani did on Sunday. His ace on 17 – the first ever in a U.S. Open at Merion – was an awesome moment. Setfani celebrated like he just clinched…

  8. Video: Billy Horschel talks about his outrageous final-round octopus pants

    Jun 16, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Welp, he wore them. Billy Horschel talked to CSN’s Neil Hartman the other day about the sure-to-be infamous octopus pants he planned to wear for today’s final round of the 2013 U.S. Open and today he put them on just like any other man who puts on octopus pants: one leg at a time. He…

  9. The U.S. Open Merch Tent is Basically a 3-D Version of ‘The Official Preppy Handbook’

    Jun 16, 2013, 8:09 AM EDT

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    I’m gonna warn you, I’m about to talk about fashion (if you can call it that) for a little bit.  I stopped myself before getting all academic on you and talking about signaling class and “conspicuous leisure” and all, so take solace in that. The U.S. Open is coming to a close, meaning that the Main…

  10. Video: U.S. Open Fans Cheer on This Adorable Groundhog, Phil Mickelson Exiting a Bathroom

    Jun 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Golf crowds  — other than the Birdman and the omnipresent “Get in the Hole!” guy — get a bad rap for being uptight and reserved. But in reality, it’s a pack of dehydrated thousands standing in the sun all day and drinking beer. These people will cheer for anything. And what better to cheer for…

  11. Video: Lee Westwood Takes Awful Run in With Wicker Basket In Stride

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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    The other day we wrote about Sergio Garcia’s run in with a one of those red wicker baskets at Merion during a practice round and now we have an actual tournament instance of a player’s game being thrown off by the pesky baskets. During his opening round on Thursday, Lee Westwood hit an approach shot…

  12. Lee Trevino’s Rubber Snake from the 1971 U.S. Open at Merion ‘Died’

    Jun 13, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

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    ARDMORE, Pa. — Earlier this afternoon, I extolled the virtues of 1971 U.S. Open champ Lee Trevino and suggested we all get “What Would Lee Do?” bracelets. Honestly, the man lights up any room he walks into and is one of those people with a unique and compelling gift for storytelling. He’s also just really…

  13. So What’s a Mud Ball?

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

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    USA Today Images We’re going to have situations where, if it does dry out through the weekend and hit a few good drives down there and get a few mud balls we’re going to have to deal with it.  It’s part of the game, getting up and down, and dealing with some of the situations…

  14. It’s Quite Muddy at Merion [Photos and Tweets]

    Jun 13, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Play has been suspended at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club due to the awful weather. As you can see from the photos, things are a bit muddy and fans are doing all they can to stay dry. That includes hiding out in the merchandising tents. According to our man Nick Menta who…

  15. Sergio Garcia Unintentionally Defaces Wicker Basket at Merion

    Jun 12, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

    Sergio Garcia inspects the wicker basket he struck with his tee shot during Wednesday's practice round.

    It was intentional in the sense that Garcia was trying to get his tee shot on the 115-yard 13th hole as close to the hole and the wicker basket on a stick as possible, if not even in the hole. But what happened in his Wednesday practice round was the result of being too good.…

  16. Rory McIlroy Bought a Phillies Hat, Climbed the Rocky Steps

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    ARDMORE, Pa. — On Tuesday, 2011 U.S. Open champion and No. 2 player in the world Rory McIroy admitted he was thinking about it: “I was half thinking of going to the steps in the city — the Rocky steps — wherever they are and run up them,” he said. And so guess what he…

  17. Gallery: 15 Photos from Merion, and an OB Marker 1-Foot off the 15th Fairway

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    ARDMORE, Pa. — What you see above is the 15th hole at Merion Golf Club. The wooden stumps at the bottom of the picture serve as the out-of-bounds markers for the hole. And you’ll notice, if you follow them on a straight line, that they get closer and closer to the fairway. So just how…

  18. Tiger Woods Calls Philly Sports Fans ‘Incredible’

    Jun 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Sergio Garcia could probably learn a thing or two from Tiger Woods – like how to win a major, or how to stroke the egos of Philly fans. Woods successfully touted Philadelphia as a great city for sports, and he managed to do so without so much as one mention of Santa Claus. You may…

  19. Ernie Els’ Caddie Played for the Flyers

    Jun 11, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Welcome back to the Philadelphia area, Dan Quinn. Everybody remembers Dan Quinn, right? The 13th overall pick by Calgary in the 1983 NHL Draft and journeyman center spent two separate seasons with the Flyers, playing 67 games for the Orange & Black in 1991-92, and another 35 during the 95-96 campaign. He wore numbers 10…

  20. How Many Grounds Crew Does It Take to Rake a Sand Trap? Photo Gallery from a Wet Monday at Merion

    Jun 10, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    One thing is pretty clear about the 2013 U.S. Open taking place just outside of Philadelphia over in Ardmore, PA, the USGA will take every measure necessary to ensure the tournament goes off with as few issues as possible this weekend. Case in point: check out how many grounds crew are working on this one…

  21. Tee Times and Pairings for the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club

    Jun 10, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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    ARDMORE, Pa. — The picture you see above is from a stormy Merion Golf Club on Monday, and with play for the 113th U.S. Open set to start on Thursday, here’s the full list of pairings and starting times for the opening rounds. The first time you see below is the players’ tee time on…

  22. Is Merion Set Up for Tiger Woods to Break His Five-Year Drought in Majors?

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    It’s almost hard to believe, but the last time Tiger Woods won a major championship was in 2008. In ’08, Maurice Cheeks was head coach of the 76ers, Brian Dawkins was wearing an Eagles uniform, and the Phillies were winning the World Series. Yeah, it’s been that long. Woods is on the comeback trail though.…

  23. Photo & Video: Flood Waters Surround Merion’s 11th Green after Friday’s Storms

    Jun 8, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

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    The photo you see above was taken by a member of the Merion staff, courtesy Comcast SportsNet. And it gives you and idea how close flood waters came to threatening Merion’s 11th green after the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea dumped more than three inches of rain onto the golf course Friday. The 11 and…

  24. Sergio Garcia Is Coming to Philadelphia; Will You Boo?

    Jun 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

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    We’re still a week away from the U.S. Open at Merion, and ESPN golf analyst and two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North has already committed Philly Sports Fan Cardinal Sin No. 1. `ESPN’s Andy North on the week Sergio will face at Merion: “It’s a great sports city. But remember, this is a city that booed…

  25. Here’s a Pretty Sweet Flyover Video of Merion’s East Course

    Jun 7, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

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    As you’re likely aware, I’m a pretty multi-talented individual. But there are two things in life I can’t do well: play golf and fly. Yes, I’m pretty baller at mini golf, but when it comes to hitting a ball more than 20 yards and in a straight fashion, I got nothing. Navigating windmills is my…