After weather delay, U.S. Open play resumes

After weather delay, U.S. Open play resumes

June 13, 2013, 8:45 am
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ARDMORE, Pa. -- They're heading back out.

Two and a half hours after play was suspended, the USGA announced Thursday morning that the players will retake the East Course at Merion Golf Club at 12:10 p.m. (and play has resumed).

As a result of the delay, afternoon tee times at the U.S. Open have been delayed three hours and 34 minutes.

Play was originally stopped at 8:36 a.m. when a thuderstorm rolled through, dumping more water on the already saturated golf course. Only 53 of the 156 players in the field made it onto the course. Ian Poulter is the tournament leader at 3-under par after making birdies on each of his three opening holes -- 11, 12 and 13.

Play has resumed but more bad weather is expected in the afternoon and evening, as an intense storm, potentially a "derecho," has already gone through the Midwest and is heading East. NBC News described a derecho as, a storm that "can cause damage similar to a tornado but moves along a straighter line. (In Spanish, the term can mean 'direct.') To qualify, the swath of wind damage must be 240 miles long and include wind gusts of 58 mph or higher along most of its path."

The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a flood warning for the areas surrounding Merion, calling for one to three inches of rain from Thursday morning through Thursday night.

Merion has already been pounded with more than 6 1/2 inches of rain over the last week.