Weather updates for Day 2 at Merion Golf Club

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 14, 2013, 11:50 am

ARDMORE, Pa. – After a pair of weather delays Thursday, there is plenty of play on the docket Friday at Merion Golf Club. The team is providing weather updates on Day 2 of the 113th U.S. Open.

7:50 a.m. ET: Right now it is 57 degrees outside. While the 5 a.m. forecast released by the USGA doesn't indicate that we can expect thunderstorms today, there is a 60-percent chance of scattered showers this morning, then again around 5 p.m. - Jay Coffin

7:40 a.m. ET: The USGA has announced that Round 2 starting times are delayed 3 hours. So Tiger Woods will begin his second round at 10:44 a.m. ET. Phil Mickelson will begin at 3:41 p.m. ET. - Jay Coffin

7:13 a.m. ET: The horn blows and Round 1 is underway. Luke Donald is the leader at 4 under but has five holes remaining in the round. Tiger Woods faced a 4-footer for par on 11 and made the putt. He's at 2 over par. - Jay Coffin

8:20 p.m. ET (6/13/13): The first round has been suspended for the day and players are allowed to finish the hole that they're on. Luke Donald made birdie on the 13th hole to take the outright lead over Phil Mickelson, who shot 67 and is 3 under par. Tiger Woods opted not to putt a 5 footer for par that he was facing on the 11th hole. Adam Scott was 3 under after 11 holes.

Play will resume at 7:15 a.m. Friday.

6:55 p.m. ET: The horn sounded and the second delay of the first round of the U.S. Open is over. This one lasted exactly 45 minutes.

6:48 p.m. ET: The USGA has announced that players will get back into position. When that happens play will begin, which will be in the next 5-10 minutes.

6:45 p.m. ET: The USGA tells ESPN that it continues to monitor the situation. Weather continues to improve and players have been urged to stretch and keep limber.

6:22 p.m. ET: Players have been held in place because USGA officials believe this storm cell is going to move quickly. The USGA will provide another update at 6:30.

6:10 p.m. ET: The first round of the U.S. Open has been suspended for the second time today. Phil Mickelson is the leader in the clubhouse at 3 under par. Peter Hedblom has played seven holes and is 3 under par, too. Tiger Woods was facing a bogey putt on the fifth hole when the horn blew. He was 1 over par at the time.

5:15 p.m. ET: It begins to rain harder and the clouds are getting darker. Following this morning's weather delay, severe weather was forecast for 6 p.m.

4:52 p.m. ET: A light rain begins to fall as the top-three players in the world (Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott) complete their first hole.

1:25 p.m. ET: We've played 1 hour, 15 minutes without interruption here in the first round of the U.S. Open. Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and Ian Poulter all lead at 2 under par. Phil Mickelson has played nine holes and is 1 under par. According to we're scheduled for some more severe weather around 6 p.m. ET. - Jay Coffin

12:10 p.m. ET: The first round resumes and Charl Schwartzel and Charley Hoffman both immediately make birdie to tie Ian Poulter for the lead at 3 under par.

11:12 a.m. ET: Play will resume at 12:10 p.m. ET. Afternoon starting times will be delayed 3 hours, 34 minutes.

11:04 a.m. ET: While watching players warm-up on the practice range via TV, the USGA announces that players are now allowed to warm-up on the practice range. Another update coming soon. Or something like that. - Jay Coffin

10:15 a.m. ET: The USGA will provide a weather update at 10:30 a.m. ET.

10:08 a.m. ET: This is the 13th time in 25 PGA Tour events so far this season where there has been some sort of a suspension of play. There have been 30 total delays over the first five months of the year. This whole year on the PGA Tour, it seems like weve had a lot of card games and waiting around, Kevin Streelman said earlier this week. I wasnt very good at it when I was 22. At 34, I realize this is my profession. I also believe that you can take out a good percentage of the field by staying patient, by being smart and just accept the situation that you have instead of moaning and complaining. - Jason Sobel

8:40 a.m. ET: The horn sounded at 8:36 a.m. ET, suspending play for the first time in the first round of the U.S. Open at Merion. Ian Poulter birdied each of the first three holes and leads the championship at 3 under par. Nicolas Colsaerts, Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and Charlie Hoffman are each tied for second place at 2 under. Phil Mickelson, who flew from California overnight to make his 7:11 a.m. tee time, has made one bogey, one birdie and is even par after five holes.

6:54 a.m. ET: Despite an unwelcoming forecast and looming skies, play at the 113th U.S. Open got underway on Thursday morning at Merion.

A line of storms approaching from the west had bypassed the area early on Day 1 and the rain chances remained at about 45 percent until 10 a.m. ET, but increase dramatically (80 percent by 5 p.m.) later in the day.

“It’s fine,” smiled Paul Casey early Thursday. “We can start tomorrow if need be and finish Monday. I don’t care if we play all next week, it’s a major.”

Merion was drenched with 6 ½ inches of rain over the last few days, but had dried out considerably since Monday’s storms. - Rex Hoggard

5:06 p.m. ET (6/12/13): Derecho | da'ra? ch o | noun: a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging straight-line winds.

THIS is scheduled to hit HERE Thursday afternoon at Merion. 

Yes, according to several weather reports a derecho has been forecast to slam through the area and wreak major havoc on the first round of the 113th U.S. Open. 

“There could be some really high winds with us, potentially damaging winds, even some hail,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “That’s kind of worst-case scenario. It’s going to be probably mid-afternoon or later, too. So I think [Thursday] morning we’re looking OK.” 

At the time of this posting, one weather report says there is a 60 percent chance of showers beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Those showers are expected to turn to thunderstorms around lunchtime and the most dangerous weather with heavier winds is scheduled to hit around 4 p.m. ET.

Wednesday at the U.S. Open, derecho was the word of the day. Seems it's likely that’ll be the same case Thursday too. - Jay Coffin

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Highlights: Woods shoots Saturday 69 at API

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 8:40 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies Sunday, including one at the home hole, to shoot 3-under 69 and move to 7 under par for the week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

When he walked off the golf course, he was four off the 11-under pace set by Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau, all of whom were still on the course.

"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, and probably get a little bit of help," Woods told Golf Channel's Steve Sands in a post-round interview. "But my responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one first."

Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

Woods would drop one more shot coming in when his ball fried in the front bunker at 17, leading to a bogey, but this closing birdie at 18, his sixth of the day, got him into the clubhouse 3 under for the round and 7 under for the week. It also elicited a rare straight-down fist pump.

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.