Soggy Merion unlikely to show teeth at U.S. Open

Spectators walk in the rain during a practice round for the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the...

Spectators walk in the rain during a practice round for the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania June 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

JON MCCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

Monday at Merion began with the horn blowing.

No, it wasn't to signal the start of U.S. Open week at Merion Golf Club. It was to tell players to get off the course because of the rain.

Any dreams the USGA had of having a hard, dry test of golf at this classic course outside Philadelphia are long gone.

Merion has been lengthened significantly since the Open was last played here in 1981, but it will still be the first major in nine years played on a course under 7,000 yards.


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