U.S. Open Golf Weather 2013: Updates on Forecast at Merion Golf Club

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 11, 2013

Weather conditions are starting to clear up a bit at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., after last week saw the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea soak the course with well over three inches of rain.


UPDATE: Sunday, June 16 at 7:05 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

It looks as if more poor weather may be on the horizon in Ardmore, Pa. today.

The remaining players at Merion Golf Club could have yet another obstacle to overcome, as there's a chance some isolated thunderstorms make their way into the picture later on in the day.

Weather.com notes that conditions are clear now, but there is a 50 percent chance that these storms play a role in the final round of the U.S. Open.

Hopefully—for the sake of all the dads expected to tune in on this Father's Day—Mother Nature takes pity on both the competitors and viewers, by allowing them to finish this tournament without interruption.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 15 at 7:10 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Saturday is shaping up to be a nice one at Merion Golf Club as there is little chance for rain and tons of sunshine expected, via Weather.com.

According to the forecast there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms on Sunday at Merion but that could change as we get closer. 

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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 7:18 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

Things are off to a much better start today, as play has begun as of 7:13 a.m. according to the USGA's Twitter account:

The weather looks relatively clear, although there's a slight chance for thunderstorms and rain later in the day, as per Weather.com.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 6:20 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

With several golfers still on the course at Merion, the USGA suspended play at 6:10 p.m. ET in Round 1 of the 2013 US Open. Sky Sports Golf had the report on Twitter:

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13 at 11:15 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Dan Jenkins of Golf Digest reports players have been allowed back on the practice range.

The USGA is expecting play to resume at 12:10 p.m. ET, which puts the delay at three hours and 40 minutes.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13 at 9:35 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

If the radar wasn't enough evidence, Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN provides his firsthand account of the current conditions.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Weather Channel social meteorologist Tim Ballisty provided an updated radar look at the conditions on and surrounding the course, and it doesn't look good.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13 at 9:10 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Weather warnings have now been posted on the leaderboards due to the storm (via Golf Channel on Instagram).

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13 at 8:50 a.m. ET by Mike Chiari

The rains came a bit earlier than expected during Thursday's opening round at Merion Golf Club, and it has resulted in the suspension of the round at 8:36 a.m. ET, according to Sky Sports Golf.

It is unclear when the round will resume, but Weather.com's forecast shows fairly clear skies throughout the morning before heavy thunderstorms during the afternoon and through the evening. With that in mind, there may be a small window of opportunity to get in as much play as possible.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13 at 7:15 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

The early portion of the opening round should go off without of a hitch, but scattered thunderstorms will be in the area, especially starting after midday, according to Weather.com:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12 at 11:10 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

The forecast for Thursday and Friday continues to look bleak, but the weather could do a complete 180 on the weekend, per Weather.com:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12 at 5:35 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

With the strong potential for a derecho to enter the Philadelphia region on Thursday, bringing severe storms and dangerous weather into the area, Round 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open will likely not be without some hiccups caused by Mother Nature.

Here's a look at the current Thursday forecast, via Weather.com:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12 at 9:22 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Although there is still a strong chance for thunderstorms to begin the tournament on Thursday and Friday, the chance of showers has decreased for Thursday's opening round, via Weather.com:

According to the forecast, the winds will die down a bit heading into the weekend as the final two rounds should feature plenty of sunshine to help dry out the course.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 11 at 8:43 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Not much has changed in regard to Thursday, as you can see below, via Weather.com:

In fact, the forecast appears to have gotten worse on Thursday and Friday. There is now a 30 percent chance of rain on Friday. 

The good news is that Saturday and Sunday still look bright and sunny, but the first two rounds of the 2013 U.S. Open may be a bit unpleasant.

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Thursday's first round could potentially be hampered by severe thunderstorms, according to the weather forecast. But there should be much more sunshine than rain from that point on (via Weather.com):

Unfortunately, the biggest concern now is how the course will look come Round 1 following days and nights of relentless rainfall.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Joe Juliano, another two inches of rain fell on Monday in Ardmore, adding to what Merion officials are already dealing with in the lead-up to the start of the season's second major tournament:

The grounds crew at Merion will have two more days to work their magic on the course, but there's no doubt that it's going to play much differently than originally anticipated. After all, saturated greens are more likely to swallow up the ball and obviously play much more slowly than they normally would under ideal conditions.

Therefore, players will be forced to adapt to the conditions early in the tournament before the 36-hole cut is made on Friday. With a soft, saturated course, look for low-scoring rounds early.

Last week's torrential rain has already impacted some golfers, as Rickie Fowler, among others, were forced to cancel or delay practice sessions:

Here's a look at the type of conditions that players like Graeme McDowell have had to deal with at Merion over the past few days (via Stephen Watson):

Every practice shot is of major importance this week considering this is the first time the U.S. Open will be played at Merion since 1981 when Australia's David Graham won, shooting 7-under for the tournament. Keep in mind that the venue is nearly 500 yards longer than it was 32 years ago, according to ESPN.com's Bob Harig.

The course should dry out as the tournament wears on, however. With temperatures expected in the mid- to high-70s Friday through Sunday with very little chance of rain, the top storylines during the weekend's final rounds will likely center on the top performers instead of Mother Nature's wrath. 

That said, scoring should improve into the weekend as the sun begins to poke through.

For now, it looks as if conditions will improve throughout the weekend, making for what should be an exciting final round of play on Father's Day.

Despite a challenging start to the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, golf's best will seemingly have near-perfect conditions to play under over the weekend as they each look to cement their place in history.


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