Independence Mall transformed for U.S. Open

June 15, 2013 6:34:54 PM PDT
If you can't make it to Merion for the U.S. Open this weekend, Independence Mall may be the next best thing.

The historic site in Philadelphia has been transformed to simulate the history of Merion Golf Club and all things U.S. Open.

"Lee Trevino had a very famous moment when he won the U.S. Open. He took his hat off and swung. We're asking people to come and replicate that on a screen. Take a picture of yourself and have that same reaction," said Sarah Hirshland, USGA.

The interactive exhibit teed off with a visit from golf greats like Jay Sigel and David Graham, the winner of the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion.

2-year-old AJ Puleo looked right by the pros and got a lesson from the one who counts most: his dad.

"He's loving this, checking it all out. All he ever sees is it on TV," said Phil Puleo.

The outdoor exhibit is completely free.

For each person who stops by American Express is donating $5 to help benefit The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, a youth golf mentorship program.

Inspiring and supporting our youth is what drew Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley to throw down the football and support his second favorite sport.

"Golf is a great example to set for kids in terms of respecting the game, sportsmanship and honesty," said Barkley.

No matter your age, all Philadelphians can get a front row seat to the action. There is a lounge set up with a big screen airing a live broadcast of the U.S. Open.

The exhibit runs through Sunday night.

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