U.S. Open 2013: Course partly flooded by heavy rains

June 10, 2013

A cart path is flooded. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Tropical storm Andrea dumped over three inches of rain on the Merion Golf Club, leaving parts of the East Course, on which the U.S. Open will be played starting Thursday, extremely soggy.

(Gene J. Puskar / AP)
(Gene J. Puskar / AP)

A rainy Monday didn’t help matters, delaying the start of some some practice rounds until 11 a.m. The low-lying 11th and 12th holes are particularly susceptible to flooding because of a nearby creek. Grounds workers were using squeegees, shoveling sand into a trap and trying to remove standing water, but play on the 11th hole was prohibited for the day.

If there’s more rain and the 11th and 12th holes are unplayable, U.S. Golf Association officials plan to use the fourth and fifth holes on the West Course. The forecast isn’t particularly helpful, with thunderstorms possible Thursday and Friday and high humidity keeping the course wet.

 

 


(Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Still, Tiger Woods was among the golfers who managed to get in a practice round.


(Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images)

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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