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Tim Kelly, a member of the maintenance staff, uses a rake to check the standing water that gathered in a greenside bunker on the 11th hole during a practice round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Monday, June 10, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

Tim Kelly, a member of the maintenance staff, uses a rake to check the standing water that gathered in a greenside bunker on the 11th hole during a practice round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Monday, June 10, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

SOGGY START TO OPEN WEEK

Like the Capital Area, suburban Philadelphia is seeing more heavy rain. The site of this week’s 113th U.S. Open in Ardmore, PA, Merion Golf Club, which hasn’t hosted since 1981, had a flooded a bunker by the 11th green and fairways filled with puddles and streams – that aren’t supposed to be there.

They are not man-made hazards. They are Mother Nature-made hazards and recalling the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black when rain hampered practice rounds and called off Round One after just three hours of play that first day. That year, the tournament didn’t end until Monday when unknown Lucas Glover won the major.

On Monday, the course was closed for four hours during practice, reopened, and then later shut down for the day. The forecast was for mostly dry conditions Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a 40% chance of rain on Thursday for the opening round.