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Merion features some of the longest holes in U.S. Open history

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Merion will feature three of the longest holes in U.S. Open history. (USATSI)
Merion will feature three of the longest holes in U.S. Open history. (USATSI)

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For all the talk about how the 2013 U.S. Open will be the shortest track in nearly a decade, there sure are a lot of long holes.

In fact, Merion will feature two of the longest par 3s and one of the longest par 4s in U.S. Open history. Here's a look:

Par 4s

525 yards -- 7th at Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009
523 yards -- 18th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
521 yards -- 18th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
520 yards -- 1st at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012

Par 3s

288 yards -- 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 2007
256 yards -- 3rd at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
253 yards -- 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962
249 yards -- 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1994
247 yards -- 17th at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club (North Course), 2003
246 yards -- 17th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
244 yards -- 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1973

First of all, let's talk about the 521-yard par-4 hole. What do you hit? The longest player on Tour (Luke List) hits it 305 yards on average. That still leaves you with 216 to the hole on your second shot. And that's the longest guy. Par is going to be an unbelievable score on that hole. Plus, it's No. 18, which makes it even more interesting.

Also, a 256-yard par 3 is a joke. Are you going to back up a 5-wood on the green to that pin? It looks about as fun as you'd think, too.

Merion makes up for it with some super-short par 4s (one is only 303 yards). But, man, these three lengthy ones are going to be awfully tough throughout the week.

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