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U.S. Open to tee off this morning at Merion

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Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during practice for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on Wednesday in Ardmore, Pa.

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ARDMORE, Pa. — It’s quite the ride from the driving range to the first tee at Merion, and that’s going to take some getting used to this week at the U.S. Open, which starts today.
“That’s an interesting challenge,” said Matt Kuchar, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year. “I think that there’s a number of people who like to go straight off the driving range, hitting that last tee ball and trying to envision them being on the first tee and replicating that same tee shot.”
A 12-passenger van will shuttle the players ...


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