U.S. Open: Evening rains arrive, driving afternoon golfers from Merion

Kevin Kaduk
Devil Ball Golf

ARDMORE, Pa. — Wicker baskets were supposed to be the iconic item of the 113th U.S. Open, but golf umbrellas are making a strong play for being the tournament's new symbol.

Continuing the theme of rotten weather luck, play at Merion Golf Club was suspended for a second time on Thursday evening when a second system of showers moved into the area. The horns signaling a delay blew around 6:15 p.m., driving the tournament's afternoon threesomes — who teed off 3 1/2 hours late because of the morning weather interruption — from the course. Officials did not immediately cancel the day's play and kept golfers near the course in an attempt to get some more golf in before sunset.

But with so much golf still left to be played, Friday is scheduled to be a busy day at Merion. Thursday's afternoon golfers will have to complete their first rounds and then immediately play their second 18. Meanwhile, Thursday's morning golfers will have to wait until well into the afternoon to get their second round in. Phil Mickelson currently ranks as the clubhouse leader after completing a three-under first round of 67.

Tiger Woods likely welcomed the delay after struggling his way through the first four holes with two bogeys and a birdie. He is currently at +1.

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