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USGA says Merion fine despite deluge of rain

Ardmore, PA (Sports Network) - The executive director of the USGA, Mike Davis, held a brief press conference Monday to elaborate on the state of Merion Golf Course for the upcoming U.S. Open.

Monday's practice round was cut well short as a large rain storm came through the area and poured several inches of rain on the course, leaving some holes under water.

But despite the deluge, Davis stated the Merion will be fine for the start of Thursday's opening round.

"We have got 3 1/2 inches roughly over the last 24 hours and the course has drained beautifully," said Davis. "Just because it's wet or because there is some standing water, that would not preclude us from playing golf."

There is more rain expected to fall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the weather clears for the weekend.

The tournament is scheduled to take place on Merion's East Course, but Davis said there is a chance holes on the West Course could also be used if some holes are unplayable.

06/10 17:45:43 ET

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