Glass Half Flooded


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The U.S. Golf Association usually is optimistic when dealing with course conditions. Usually.

The tone wasn’t as friendly here Thursday afternoon when USGA set-up guru Mike Davis went through the scenarios for the remainder of the U.S. Open. The hope is to get as much play as possible completed Friday – which looks promising – but on-site meteorologists have warned that Saturday is “sort of like today.”

“An ideal goal would be to get Round 2 finished by Saturday,” Davis said, “but based on that weather forecast, that’s not looking terribly promising.

“There’s also a history, and the USGA is firm on this, that we will not determine a national champion until we play 72 holes.”

Davis then recalled the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open at Painfield (N.J.) Country Club where rain suspended Sunday’s final round. But Laura Davis, JoAnne Carner and Ayako Okamoto were still tied Monday after 72 holes and Davies won the 18-hole playoff to claim the crown on Tuesday.

“But, anyway, not trying to be pessimistic,” Davis said.