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June 15, 2013

Zach Johnson says USGA ‘manipulated’ Merion

Posted at 1:21 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: U.S. Open, USGA, Zach Johnson

Zach_merionZach Johnson during a practice round at Merion on Wednesday (Getty Images).

After shooting 11-over in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open and missing the cut, Zach Johnson told the Golf Channel that the USGA’s Merion set-up was unfair.

The accurate, smooth-putting Zach Johnson was a popular dark horse at the U.S. Open at cozy Merion this week, but went home Saturday after shooting 77. His playing partners Graeme McDowell (13-over) and Jim Furyk (16-over) -- two other Open favorites – missed the cut as well.

“I would describe the whole golf course as manipulated,” Johnson told the Golf Channel. And there’s no question who’s to blame, he added. “It just enhances my disdain for the USGA and how it manipulates golf courses,” he said.

But Merion members should not take offense. Johnson said he still loves the course. “I think Merion is a great golf course, if you let Merion be, but that is not the agenda.”


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