TIMELINE TO THE OPEN
2002: The USGA meets with Merion Golf Club's board of directors about the possibility of the fabled course hosting another U.S. Open.
August 2005: The 2005 U.S. Amateur championship is held at Merion. There were 312 golfers, and only four under-par rounds were recorded.
The selection: Davis talked about the day when Merion was selected by the USGA championship committee: "And you think about your job and you say, 'You know, there's days that are frustrating, there's days that can be sad, there's days that can be boring, there's days that can be fun, even exhilarating, but there aren't too many days in your job, if you think about it, where you say, I'm never going to forget that day.'
"And I remember it's the better part of 7 years ago now, sitting in a championship committee meeting of the USGA. So this is our board members, when we took the final vote on this place right here. And I can tell you, I will never forget that. Because for me that was one of the best days I've had in my 23 years at the USGA."
February 2006: Merion officials are told that the club has been awarded the 2013 U.S. Open.
June 14, 2006: The USGA officially announces that Merion has been awarded the 2013 U.S. Open. In the USGA news release, Bill Iredale, Merion's championship committee chairman, said: "We feel that our East Course is a very special venue, a classic golf course, which, while lengthened some 400 yards to accommodate modern players and equipment, still retains the same shot angles, bunkering and greens that challenged Bob Jones in 1930, Ben Hogan in 1950, Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus in 1971 and David Graham in 1981."