US Open forecasts looks troubling

Will the greens be too wet for play today? Rikard Larma/METRO
Will the greens be too wet for play today? Rikard Larma/METRO

You might want to bring an umbrella – they’re selling for $36 in the gift shop.

The National Weather Service predicts heavy rains will meet spectators and golfers as the first round of the US Open tournament kicks off today at Merion Golf Club.

A flood watch is in effect as forecasters warn of strong winds, thunderstorms and hail descending upon the Main Line. Forecasts predict up to three inches of rain between Wednesday night and this afternoon.

Forecasters predict the heaviest rain will begin around 5 a.m. this morning and continue throughout the day.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is the rest of the weekend should stay relatively dry. Some excess rain may stretch into Friday morning, but nothing substantial is expected.

Earlier in the week, Mike Davis, executive director of the United States Golf Association, said the course drains well. Since Merion hosts two courses – East and West – If flooding does persist, some holes could shift from East to West. Davis called this scenario a “10,000 to 1″ shot.

Yesterday, Davis said they are expecting inclement weather, they just don’t know how much.

“It depends on really what hits us or how lucky or unlucky we are,” Davis said. “There could be some really high winds with us, potentially damaging winds, even some hail. … So, again, that’s kind of the worst case scenario.”

Reg Jones, senior director of Open Championships, said if golfers complete four hours of play, it will count as a full day for ticket holders.

“If we do not complete four hours of play, then we will look at either a possible refund situation or possibly accommodating those tickets on another day,” Jones said.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Video: Car crashes into Cambridge store, man arrested…

A Cambridge man was arrested on gun and drug charges after crashing his car into a Massachusetts Avenue storefront early Saturday morning.

Local

Body found believed to be missing Fitchburg boy…

The body of a child found off of a highway in Sterling last week is likely that of missing Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.