McDowell ready to put Merion behind him

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Furyk, born in the nearby Philly suburb of West Chester and raised in Lancaster, shot a 9-over 79. Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, won’t be adding a second one to the collection. He hadn’t played Merion Golf Club since the 1989 U.S. Amateur.

“It showed,” he said. “I didn’t do a great job with my prep. I felt like I was ready coming here, but I obviously played very poorly. It was probably my worst putting performance in the last three or four years.”

For years, Furyk hosted the one-day Exelon Invitational at various stops throughout the state. His event was the only professional golf event that the Philadelphia area had on a yearly basis.

He hasn’t held the informal exhibition since 2009 and doesn’t expect it to return. And he doesn’t know when he’ll play again in the area.

“I never really played well at the tournaments here,” he said. “It’s a bummer. I crossed the state at Oakmont for a couple of championships. At 43, there’s not going to be another tournament here at Merion.”

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DIVOTS: Stuck in the mud: Tiger Woods’ ski-champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn had to trek through the mud at Merion like any other fan. “Sums up my day on the golf course… (hash) muddy (hash) usopen2013,” she wrote on Twitter. The tweet went along with a photo of her from the knees down standing ankle-deep in the soupy muck. She later posted a Vine video of various muddy shoes and boots around the course. “Muddy shoes… Best and worst so far. (hash) whatweretheythinking.”

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