U.S. Open golf action at Merion

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania will stage the U.S. Open for a fifth time when this year's edition starts on Thursday with the opening round.

Designed by amateur golfer Hugh Wilson and opened for play in 1912, Merion has long been hailed as one of the premier courses in the United States and has hosted a total of 18 United States Golf Association championships.

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South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan
South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore
South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan
Sweden's Rikard Karlberg tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Sweden's Rikard Karlberg tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore
Sweden's Rikard Karlberg tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Australia's Mathew Goggin tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Australia's Mathew Goggin tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore
Australia's Mathew Goggin tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Northern Ireland's Graeme Mcdowell tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Northern Ireland's Graeme Mcdowell tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore
Northern Ireland's Graeme Mcdowell tees off on the second hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Australia's Aaron Baddeley watches his shot on the first fairway during a practice round for the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Australia's Baddeley watches his shot on the first fairway during a practice round for the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore
Australia's Aaron Baddeley watches his shot on the first fairway during a practice round for the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

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