Update at 11:12 a.m. EDT
The storm has passed through Ardmore, Pa., and golfers and spectators have returned to the Merion course, where play in the U.S. open is scheduled to resume at 12:10 EDT.
The first round was delayed about 3 1/2 hours, with roughly one-third of the field managing to begin play. More storms are forecast for the afternoon, though, so we’ll see how long play lasts.
Ian Poulter is the early leader at 3-under over the first three holes. Tee time for the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy-Adam Scott group was moved back to 4:48 p.m.
Play in the U.S. Open has been suspended, with officials moving spectators and golfers to safety ahead of a severe storm that is approaching Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa..
Warning horns sounded at 8:36 a.m. EDT with high winds, hail and storms expected to strike the area after 9 a.m.
Play isn’t likely to resume quickly after the first wave of what is expected to be a day of storms passes because the Ardmore, Pa., course is prone to flooding. The East Course at Merion has two low-lying holes, 11 and 12, that are near creeks and flood easily. The Ardmore, Pa., area has had over 6 inches of rain the last week.
Weather will complicate matters for spectators in another respect: Merion is a tiny course and rain checks won’t be easy to deal with.
If play doesn’t last four hours, tickets honored another day. Nice gesture, but already at daily maximum capacity of 25,000.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 13, 2013