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US Open: Merion reduces world’s best to mere mortals

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The group that showed up at Merion Golf Club this weekend was comprised of the greatest players in the world, but their play on the difficult layout could have fooled you. In classic U.S. Open fashion, the course presented brutal tee shots, speedy putts and impossible lies. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the two highest-ranked players in the world, shot a combined 27-over for the week and for the second straight year, the winner of our national championship failed to break par. By the end of the weekend, the real champion proved to be the course. Here's a look at the best of (or maybe worst of) Merion.

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