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Merion proves tough a test as hoped

Updated: June 16, 2013, 11:21 PM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

ARDMORE, Pa. -- What makes Merion so hard?

That was a popular question on Sunday night after the East course humbled the best players in the world.

Matt Kuchar gave perhaps the most succinct answer: "Nobody can break par."

Few believed at the beginning of the week that 1-over par would be the winning score, especially after the rains softened the par-70 6,996-yard Hugh Wilson design.

Justin Rose may have won the tournament with that gritty ...

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