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June 10, 2013

Merion's 11th hole not flooded, but closed Monday

Posted at 11:02 AM by Jeff Ritter | Categories: U.S. Open

11ARDMORE, Pa. -- Practice rounds were closed until 11 a.m. Monday morning at soggy Merion, and one of the courses lowest-lying holes will remain off-limits for the entire day.

No. 11, a little downhill par-4, resides at one of the lowest areas on the course, and a crew of no fewer than 15 workers were seen raking the bunker to the left of the green, while others were tossing shovel-loads of sand into in the trap from a course maintenance vehicle [photo above]. Said one volunteer working the rope line: "They've been struggling with that bunker all morning, but we think they'll have it ready to go tomorrow."

The 11th and 12th holes at Merion are reportedly prone to the occasional flood, stemming from a creek that runs around the 11th green before cutting across the 12th fairway. The course was hit with more than 3 inches of rain on Friday, and more rain fell overnight Sunday. Neither the 11th or 12th holes showed any signs of flooding on Monday morning. If the 11th and/or the 12th holes are unplayable during the tournament, the USGA plans to use the 4th and 5th holes on Merion's West Course during the tournament. However, the 11th and 12th holes are expected to be fine for the tournament.

Photo: Jeff Ritter/Golf.com

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