Weather has become the major story on the first day of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Storms have caused play to be halted before more than half of the field could tee off.
Per Weather.com, thunderstorms could be a problem for the first two rounds of the tournament.
Before the rain and inclement weather came raining on the golf world's parade, Ian Poulter had taken an early one-stroke lead. He was already three-under par through just three holes. Here is a look at the players who shined before the delay.
Nicolas Colsaerts was also off to a fast start through seven holes at two-under. Players who began play early on Thursday had to deal with difficult greens because of the rain that pounded the course earlier in the week.
If and when things dry up, late starters may find the going a little easier. Though Poulter and Colsaerts were early standouts, most of the marquee names haven't even begun play.
The super grouping of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott were scheduled to tee off at 1:14 p.m ET. We'll have to wait and see if the weather permits them to take the course.
Woods, of course, is chasing his 15th major championship. He's already won three U.S. Open titles, but he's hoping to capture his first since 2008. He had a horrible outing at the Memorial, so he'll also be looking to bounce back.
The enigmatic McIlroy has all the talent in the world, but he can't seem to put it all together consistently. He won the 2011 U.S. Open and set a 72-hole record. That year, the tournament was held at Congressional in Bethesda, Md. This is a different year and course, and finding his groove could be difficult with the weather as an impediment.
McIlroy has had four top-10 finishes this season, but he's also ranked 25th or lower in four other tournaments. Which Rory will we see at Merion?
Adam Scott captured his first Green Jacket at the Masters in April. He'll be looking to produce another strong showing in the year's second major. Another win could make him Woods' biggest threat for Player of the Year.
Hopefully, the weather will allow us to see this trio do their thing.
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