Baltimore Sun

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.

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