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Rain, hail and even tornadoes threaten Thursday’s action at the U.S. Open

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ARDMORE, Pa. — Spectators at Wednesday's practice round at the U.S. Open were lucky. The sun was shining, temperatures hung in the mid-80s and all the early-week rain troubles at Merion Golf Club were nothing but a memory.

The only bad side? The knowledge that the scene could look entirely different when tournament play kicks off on Thursday morning. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the National Weather Service reports a chance of overnight showers, a likelihood of late-morning thunderstorms and even the possibility for hail and tornadoes. That's not exactly what the USGA wanted to hear in a year when its marquee event is being played at an old course that's prone to floods and even has a plan to play two holes on an adjoining course if the 11th and 12th holes are unplayable.

The Inquirer reports that one to three inches of rain are expected in the area and that a flood watch will be in effect. The rest of the weekend's forecast looks a lot better so ticketholders on those days can rest a lot easier.

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