It was a dark and stormy U.S. Open: The horn blew at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, halting play after less than 2 hours into the first round of U.S. Open. It wasn’t raining as players and spectators left the course, but soon there were thunderclaps over the Merion Golf Club, and lightning and downpours followed.
Ian Poulter held the lead with three birdies in three holes as fans scurried toward the merchandize tents to wait out the storm. Four players were at 2 under.
Safety was a concern on a course that required fans to take long shuttle rides from remote parking lots. The USGA suspended transportation from three main lots to the course, although service continued for anyone who wanted to leave Merion. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/The Associated Press)