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.
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.
I’m now on the range at Merion. Flushing it. moby.to/2zcn38
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) June 10, 2013
Sorry guys but not going to make it out this morning…was hoping the storms were going to hold off…a lil practice later if it clears up!
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) June 10, 2013
You know things are bad when the crew’s got to squeegee the range: twitter.com/JasonSobelGC/s…
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 10, 2013
Still, Tiger Woods was among the golfers who managed to get in a practice round.