KAPALUA, Hawaii —
Working vacation: Most players head to Augusta National in the weeks before the Masters. Brandt Snedeker is planning ahead. He’s going to Merion.
Snedeker said he has a friend who is a member at Merion and has been trying to line up a golf trip for some time, so this seemed like a good year with Merion hosting the U.S. Open for the first time since 1981.
“I’ve just got a trip with some guys, going up there and play, just a way to get up and see the golf course so I’m not shocked when I get to the U.S. Open,” Snedeker said. “Merion is not a bomber’s paradise. I think they are set up for guys like me who dink it around and keep it in play and don’t do anything stupid.”
The plan is to go at the end of March, but it’s possible Snedeker might wait until after the Masters. He’ll also get in a round at Pine Valley while in the neighborhood.
“We set it up as a way to go up there and have some fun, and also a way for me to get some work done,” he said. “So it worked out great. It’s a rough trip, but somebody has got to do it.”