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June 13, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of question marks surrounding the opening round of the U.S. Open at Merion. One thing's for sure: There will be weather not conducive for golf. Everything else about today is still up in the air. Merion Golf Club has taken in about 6 1/2 inches of rain in the past week, and there are estimates of 1 to 3 inches of rain for today, along with possible hail. Many different protocols are being called into play to help ensure a fair and competitive tournament for all. The very disputed "lift, clean and place," or commonly known as "lift, clean and cheat" rule could come up in adverse weather conditions.
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June 13, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE ORGANIZERS of the U.S. Open at Merion had every little detail of the tournament figured out. From the shuttles taking fans and media to and from parking lots, to the massive tents set up on homeowners' lawns along Golf House Road, everything was down to a science. Suddenly, there is another kind of science organizers need to account for: meteorology. The forecast for today at the U.S. Open is not good, for players and organizers alike. With the East Course already saturated, a line of strong storms is heading toward Merion, and it does not look promising.
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June 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Something happened to send Phil Mickelson away from the U.S. Open: Monday's rain, and his daughter's graduation from the eighth grade. Mickelson had expected to practice Monday at Merion Golf Club, hold a news conference Tuesday, and fly afterward to his home in suburban San Diego for the graduation of his daughter, Amanda. But he ended up flying to California on Monday. "Amanda is speaking at her eighth-grade graduation ceremony Wednesday, and I always planned on being here for that," Mickelson said in a statement, "but since it was raining so much Monday and we didn't know if we'd even be able to play a sloppy course, I came home [Monday]
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June 13, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday afternoon, when rain fell in torrents, when soggy spectators clogged muddy pathways, when a parking lot became impassable and traffic choked surrounding roads, the U.S. Golf Association must have thought its enormous Merion gamble had gone bust. The course's long history seduced the USGA into overlooking its logistical shortcomings. In the end, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan trumped fears about a lack of access, size, and amenities for the U.S. Open. But for the USGA to justify a smaller payday and bigger headaches, everything probably had to go ideally this June: Merion would have to bare its teeth.
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June 12, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our guide to the tournament in Merion .       THERE WERE plenty of umbrellas and raincoats at Merion yesterday. While the weather was dreary, the thousands who flocked to Ardmore were not. They were still plenty excited about the national golf championship returning to the Philadelphia area for the first time in 32 years. "Despite the weather, it has been a great afternoon for a local company to entertain our best customers," Kieran Young said.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rain poured down Monday morning at Merion Golf Club, interrupting practice rounds for the U.S. Open. Then it poured again. And again. And again. The rain, which measured 1 ½ inches by late afternoon and continued to fall into the evening, left Merion's famed East Course a swamp in the fairways and the rough, and particularly outside the ropes where the crush of spectators left a muddy mess. However, the U.S. Golf Association expressed optimism that Merion's drainage system will do its job and have the course in playable shape for Thursday's start of the 113th national championship, even with rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future.
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June 12, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monday's torrential rains drowned many people's expectations of a sunny, beautiful U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. But there was a bright side. For one thing, the rains kept Tiger Woods hanging around a lot longer than he typically does on practice days. The superstar golfer was getting ready to tee off around 6:45 a.m. when lightning struck. A bullhorn sounded, play was suspended, and Woods had to return several hours later to resume play. On a sunny day, Woods would have been done long before the 26 students from Global Leadership Academy Charter School arrived.
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June 12, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our guide to the tournament at Merion . IT WAS A BIT overcast at 7:15 a.m., but no rain as I headed off for my first visit to Merion Golf Club. The closest I had been was to Haverford College to watch some hoops, but I never even knew the course was just in back of the school. Figured what would usually be a 45-minute drive to Ardmore might take an hour in rush-hour traffic. Then, it started to rain before it began to pour.
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June 12, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Maybe it was the thunderstorm that burst above Merion just as the world's greatest golfer was planning to play a practice round. Maybe it was the tornado watch issued midafternoon. Maybe it was when USGA officials stocked the flooded bunker near the 11th green with trout. Sometime Monday, the hosts of the 2013 U.S. Open experienced the helpless sinking feeling known well to anyone who has ever meticulously planned a major event - a wedding, a graduation party - only to have the weather wreak havoc with it. Years of preparations, millions of dollars spent to erect temporary buildings and miles of fencing - all of that, and then a tropical storm blows through, chased by bands of swollen gray clouds.
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June 11, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our guide to the tournament in Merion .     WEATHER has caused other problems for the U.S. Open besides those at Merion Golf Club. The Rose Tree Park (red lot) in Media, which was to be used for spectator parking, has been temporarily closed. Instead, people are being asked to go to PPL Park (blue lot) in Chester. Complimentary shuttle buses will run from there to Merion from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Fans also are being encouraged to use SEPTA.
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