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U.S. Open week is here ... and so is the rain

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ARDMORE, Pa. – Here's an ominous sign for this week's U.S. Open if there ever was one: At exactly 6:55 a.m. Monday morning, the horn sounded at Merion Golf Club.

The morning started with rain and the forecast calls for it to continue with persistence throughout the day, with a flash flood warning in effect until late-morning.

This week could be reminiscent of the 2009 edition at Bethpage's Black Course, when torrential rain forced a Monday finish.

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There is a silver lining to these dark clouds, though. Tuesday calls for scattered thunderstorms, followed by sun and warmth Wednesday, which should help to dry out a saturated course.

Already the weather is affecting practice schedules. Rickie Fowler was among those who tweeted early Monday morning that he would eschew practicing in the rain. 

*Update: Monday's practice round resumed at 11 a.m.