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U.S. Open wasn't meant to be easy

USGA, Merion giving out headaches, few birdies to the world's best

Updated: June 15, 2013, 2:26 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ARDMORE, Pa. -- Luke Donald has such a good short game he could land an egg on the top of Peyton Manning's helmet and not crack the shell.

But at poor, defenseless, rain-soaked Merion Golf Club, where everyone was supposed to shoot Tiger Woods' waist size, Donald plopped a wedge from the rough and into a nearby greenside bunker on the par-5 fourth hole. I don't know who was more shocked, Donald or the ball.

Anyway, he bogeyed the hole. Just like he bogeyed the next three holes. And ...

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