Brandt Snedeker doesn't think U.S. Open should return to Merion

SnedekerARDMORE, Pa. -- Like a child who outgrows his first pair of expensive tennis shoes, Snedeker thinks the U.S. Open has gotten too big for vintage Merion.
"As great as this week was, I think the U.S. Open has kind of moved past one of these venues," said Snedeker, who finished at 10-over par, good for 17th place. "It's been great to be part of it. I love the history here, but there's so much more that goes in a U.S. Open than just golf. I don't think it is unless something happens drastically in the next ten years where they're able to move some stuff around or redo the routing around here. We had some problems here."
Snedeker, seventh overall in the World Ranking, was a rare exception in the otherwise overwhelming support among pros for a return trip to Merion. Snedeker added that the golfers had help for handling the logistics. It was the fans who suffered from the smaller venue.
"Only letting 15,000 people experience this championship is probably on the low end," Snedeker said. "It would be great to see 40,000 or 50,000 fans out there to enjoy it. I thought they did the best with what they had. It was just from an infrastructure standpoint, it's just lacking a few things. And they did the best with what they could, and they used homes. They did what they could to make this the best way possible and it ran great."
Snedeker re-emphasized that none of the players complained about the setup, but the tournament had outgrown venues like Merion.
"Just from an infrastructure standpoint, from a fan standpoint, from a global marketing standpoint, I feel like this tournament needs more space to put on a championship in the right way," Snedeker said. (Photo: Robert Beck / Sports Illustrated)

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