Remember the early week threat of a "doomsday scenario" at Merion? The idea that the 2013 U.S. Open could be a nightmare are now long forgotten after four wonderful days in Ardmore.
U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and runner-up-for-life Phil Mickelson both talked about what a wonderful hosting job Merion Golf Club and the Philadelphia fans did this week.
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Here's what Phil had to say following his disappointing final round:
Q. Playing here in the Philly area and hearing the happy birthdays all around, did you get a special feeling they were behind you?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, the people here have been fabulous. And to look at the members and what they've done and the homeowners, what they've sacrificed to allow this tournament to come back is pretty cool. The way the community has wanted this and supports this tournament, more so than just about any place we've ever been.
We've played U.S. Opens at great golf courses where the membership voted not to have us back. Here they want us back, they're opening their homes to the USGA for the infrastructure. Coming out when they can't really see too much, coming out to be a part of the tournament. It's great the way the city of Philadelphia has supported this tournament.
Justin Rose added that he tried to feed off the crowd energy and felt very supported by the crowd. You can watch him talk about it below.
Well struck, fellas.