ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Webb Simpson already played for an amateur championship at Merion.
He's ready to win a major there on his next visit.
Simpson is one of the few active PGA Tour members to play at the suburban Philadelphia course, competing at the 2005 U.S. Amateur. When he returns in June, Simpson has a grander goal in mind than finishing 72: Simpson wants to defend his U.S. Open championship.
The U.S. Open is set to return in June to Merion Golf Club for the first time since 1981. With good reason. The U.S. Open at Merion will be the shortest course for a major championship in eight years.
The U.S. Open was played at Merion in 1934, 1950, 1971 and 1981. Bobby Jones won the U.S. Amateur in 1930 and tournaments from the Curtis Cup to the Walker Cup have all been played at the course.