Major history for Poland’s Meronk
Adrian Meronk takes his place in major championship history this week before even hitting a shot in the U.S. Open. By now, he’s used to that. Any introduction of Meronk usually starts with the same description: First Polish player. “I’ve been breaking all the records,” Meronk said with a laugh after finishing up his final practice session Wednesday for his major championship debut at Torrey Pines. He was the first player from Poland to win on the Challenge Tour, the first to earn a European Tour card, the first to play in a major. Next month, he will be first Polish golfer in the Olympics. “It’s nice to break all the new boundaries,” Meronk said. “But I don’t want to stop. I want to keep going forward.” Torrey Pines figures to be a tall task, even for the athletic 6-foot-6 frame he carries. It’s unlike any course Meronk has played, certainly nothing like the Toya Golf & Country Club course near Wroclaw, Poland, where he learned to play. Meronk, who played collegiately in the U.S. for East Tennessee State, is No. 49 in the Olympic ranking for the 60-man field. He’s assured a spot on Poland’s team.