In this Aug. 3, 2005, file photo, a sign in front of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., shows the course's symbol, a wicker basket which is used instead of flags to mark the hole on the greens. The venerable course once thought to be too short and small to stage the USGA's marquee event will host the U.S. Open golf championship next week. (AP Photo/H. Rumpf Jr., File)

Photo by: H RUMPF JR

In this Aug. 3, 2005, file photo, a sign in front of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., shows the course's symbol, a wicker basket which is used instead of flags to mark the hole on the greens. The venerable course once thought to be too short and small to stage the USGA's marquee event will host the U.S. Open golf championship next week. (AP Photo/H. Rumpf Jr., File)