Severe weather put a damper on the U.S. Open, allowing some to benefit and some to be relegated to the long Friday to follow from the delay in play.
The rain proved to be a good omen for the first groups of players going out, many of whom were shooting under par out of the gate. At first, it looked like they were just tossing darts at the pins, spinning shots out of the traps and having a virtual field day that would lead to big sub-par production.
But, the super-narrow 6,996-yard Merion course is no gimme. So far, the 100-year-old course is averaging plus-4.41. Compare that to last year’s Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, which finished plus-4.92, and we can see where we are headed.
As the weather subsides and the course dries up, the relatively short Merion will definitely give players fits.
In the meantime, here’s a list of the winners and losers from the first day’s action.