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HOT: BEN HOGAN
A return to Merion, after a 32-year Open absence, is a chance to once again celebrate the man/myth. Do you ever get tired of looking at the photo of his 72nd hole one-iron? Me neither.
What does his shabby performance at the Memorial mean? Last Thursday he was the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth Open; now, he's merely the heavy fave.
HOT: MATTEO MANASSERO
O.K., here's your Open sleeper. The week after winning at Wentworth, he held the halfway lead before tying for fourth in Sweden. And at 20 he's too young to know how cruel the Open can be.
NOT: THE USGA
The blue coats got it right on anchoring, but Merion is a referendum on the distance issue, and thus highlights how asleep at the wheel golf's most important governing body has been.
HOT: THE JUTANUGARNS