Originally posted on The Pin Sheet  |  Last updated 6/10/13
Here's your June 10th Pin Sheet: Harris English claims first PGA TOUR title. David Frost tops Fred Couples to win Regions Tradition. Inbee Park wins Wegmans in playoff. Joost Liuten wins Lyoness Open. It's already wet at Merion.  In a Sunday Conversation with ESPN, Tiger says he's comfortable with the direction he's headed (video). Randall Mell writes about the magic of Merion:  "How the game’s long bombers handle the course will tell the tale of Merion’s success. If the course is playing fast, with its ultra-narrow fairways measuring just 24 yards wide in spots, with thick, penal rough, long hitters will take big risks with drivers in hand." Bob Harig recounts three duels betweeen Nicklaus and Trevino:  "This year's major championship venues are more than a subtle reminder of Trevino's record. He won three of his six major championships at the remaining major championship sites in 2013: Merion, Muirfield and Oak Hill. And at each one, Nicklaus finished second." Brian Murphy is looking forward to Merion's unique layout:  "Let's see something different. Let's see wacky challenges confront these guys. Let's see these guys keep their space-age drivers in their bag and have to hit 4-iron off the tee all day. Let's see these guys get bedeviled by a canted fairway, by a sloped green, by the idea of thinking their way around a golf course, not bombing their way around a golf course. Let's see them get uncomfortable." Rex Hoggard looks back on David Graham's '81 Open triumph at Merion:  "Graham’s 7-under 273 card, which came within one stroke of Nicklaus’ 72-hole championship record, was the first under-par total for an Open winner at Merion. If Graham’s flawless finish sealed his fate as one of his generation’s best – it was his second major title in two years – conventional wisdom suggested his dismantling of the East Course also relegated the historic layout to relic status." With the US Open at Merion, the USGA/Gil Hanse take a look at how Philly shaped the game:  "Art and architecture fans might scoff at the comparison, but I liken the Philadelphia school to the French impressionist painters or the Chicago School of Architecture. All three groups were the products of a region and exerted an influence over their field that was both innovative and transformative. The impressionists (Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among them) changed the face of modern art. The Chicago School (Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, George Maher and Jens Jensen, among others) created a new vocabulary for architecture and altered its relation to the landscape." Here's Mell again, this time on Inbee Park's Wegmans victory:  "Park withstood all the infernal heat she kept putting on herself to win her third major championship, her second in a row. She added this title to her Kraft Nabisco triumph in April to become just the third player in nearly 40 years to win the year’s first two major championships."
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