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"Here Comes the Rain Againnn..."
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/10/13
Rain, thunderstorms, and lightning are hitting the Philadelphia metropolitan area - including Merion Golf Club in suburban Ardmore, site of the U.S. Open Championship this week. This evening, as much as .75 inches of new rain is quite possible. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the chances of rain are 50% or less, but when the big show begins on Thursday, showers and thunderstorms are likely; the National Weather Service currently pegs the chance of precipitation at 60% for Thursday.

While this will soften up the greens and fairways for those golfers who can navigate the straight-and-narrow, the rough will only get thicker for those who cannot. And for fans attending the sold-out Open, rain-tolerant clothes are definitely in order.

Several months ago, the USGA and Merion grounds crew-members made plans to use up to three holes of Merion's West Course in case Holes 11 and 12 on the East Course become flooded or unplayable. And with so much foot traffic, the spectator areas could turn into a gigantic, muddy quagmire.

The forecast calls for rain. But for golfers who stray from the fairways and greens, the forecast calls for pain.

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[ comments ]
ally1957 says:
whats the difference between "new" rain and old rain. Is it dryer maybe its exclusive and only appears on championship courses, spesificly to upset the world's elite golfers :-))
6/12/13
 
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