Last Updated: 15/06/13 2:30am
Jim Furyk: Enjoyed playing on a classic course
Jim Furyk described Merion as a "wonderful" golf course despite crashing out of the US Open on 16 over par.
The 2003 champion was widely tipped to contend on a layout measuring less than 7,000 yards, but he insisted that a course does not have to be long to provide the toughest of tests.
Furyk managed only two birdies in his rounds of 77 and 79, but he said: "It's a wonderful old golf course. It goes to show you. My favourite course that we play regularly on the PGA Tour is Hilton Head.
"It's right there around 7,000 yards as well and our scores aren't overly low there, if the wind blows a little bit, just like here.
"So I think it's a testament to a golf course that it doesn't have to be 7,800 yards to be a great golf course and Merion will always stand the test of time.
"I wanted to play well, but obviously sometimes you press, you try a little too hard.
"There were a lot of things that went astray in my game. I thought myself around the golf course poorly, I putted poorly, I drove the ball poorly, just things you can't do at a US Open."