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Weather, Logistics Create Concern At U.S. Open; More Rain Expected Thursday
Published June 11, 2013
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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: In Philadelphia, Marcus Hayes writes under the header, "Open Could Still Be Damp Fine Tournament." Rain yesterday “closed one of the tournament holes for the day and might have closed one of the parking lots for good.” But USGA officials and course staffers “offered assurances that, if the forecast holds, the tournament would be relatively unaffected.” They “quashed whispers of emergency plans that included using holes on Merion's West course” (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/11). Golf Channel's Lauren Thompson reports USGA Exec Dir Mike Davis "remains confident that a doomsday scenario will not be the case." Davis claims Merion is "possibly the best when it comes to draining excess water and that moisture on the greens would simply create the need for hole locations at the highest levels” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 6/11). ESPN.com’s Bob Harig wrote the 11th hole, a “short par-4 at the lowest part of the course, has been so problematic over the years” that USGA officials have “taken the drastic step of having two holes on Merion's West Course available to use in case the 11th green is flooded.” A crew of “more than 20 people worked on the hole throughout” the day yesterday. Davis: “This golf course is not built on sand, but it is maybe the best draining golf course I have ever seen” (ESPN.com, 6/10). In Chicago, Teddy Greenstein reports showers yesterday morning “prevented practice rounds from beginning until” 10:58am ET. Storms “resurfaced in the afternoon, leading to a suspension of play” at 3:01pm. By mid-afternoon, the merchandise tent “had sold all 2,000 of its umbrellas,” and “more rain is expected” today and Thursday (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/11).