Ah ... Merion ... last time I saw it was 1981 when David Graham became the first Australian to win the US Open.
Now that is a fairly long time ago now and as I often forget most of what happened yesterday, have absolutely no recall of whether the wicker flags were used back then but definitely recall hearing about them there so probably were.
Heard jack Nicklaus give his thoughts on Merion and it's perceived lack of length and he said that there had been some changes and he thought there would be 6 absolute brutish holes and also 6 pretty straight forward holes so I hope it's a great Open and of course ... that another Aussie wins this time too.
TNT - seriously jealous. Have a great time when you get there.