Ardmore begins to return to normal after U.S. Open

    Justin Rose poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club

    Justin Rose, of England, poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The U.S. Open is over, and the Main Line can breathe a sigh of relief. Golfers and fans alike have left with good impressions of the Philadelphia region.

    Tiger Woods wasn’t pleased with his golf, but he did like the Merion Golf Club.

    “It was a good week overall,” he said. “Sorry that the golf wasn’t what I would like to have by the end of the week. It was a fantastic atmosphere. People were into it. Obviouly there weren’t as many people as the other U.S. Open sites, but it was more intimate.”

    Woods said he hopes Merion gets the chance to host another major golf event.

    Tournament winner Justin Rose won the AT&T National at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square in 2010. Even though he’s British, he says he was treated like a hometown hero all week.

    “Felt like I had a lot of good will all week,” Rose said. “There’s a lot of ‘Go Justin’s, Aronimink’s just down the road, congratulations, this is your town, repeat.”

    Many local businesses in Ardmore are happy. Nancy Gold of the Kings Collar, a custom shirtmaker, says she bought extra advertising around the event and believes there will be a lasting connection with the U.S. Open.

    “I believe it was successful mostly and happily because we really established Ardmore as a destination. When you are a destination, it lives on long after the event closes,” Gold said.

    Several of the golfers, including runner-up Phil Mickelson, said they hope to be back soon to Merion for another major tournament. For now, many locals are happy that detours and other closures are leaving with the golfers.

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