More Rain Delays U.S. Open Today

By: Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews
By: Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews

A break in the rain over Long Island, N.Y., allowed golf play to go forward to the delayed U.S. Open. Soaking rain had suspended play on Saturday evening at the links of Bethpage Black, round 3 having only just begun.

Through the end of Sunday, offshore low pressure will keep rain in the area, albeit it much more as spotty showers than the widespread soaking that pelted the area late on Sunday. In this light, prospects for a full day of play were looking fairly good by early afternoon.

Accumulated downtime means that play will go forward for an extra day on Monday. With the field narrowed down to 60 players by end of play on Sunday, U.S.G.A. officials expect to know a champion by noon on Monday. Any playoff would take place Monday afternoon.

The wrapping up of the tournament will happen under the backdrop of a weather setting much like that of Sunday: offshore low pressure bringing a damp, cool flow into New England from the east.

Clouds will rotate southward over Long Island bringing with them the possibility of passing showers. The high temperature will be in the lower 70s versus a normal high near 80. The northerly wind will be a factor with speeds of 10 to 20 mph prevailing. A few gusts will reach up to 30 mph.

The last time players had to finish the U.S. Open on a Monday because of weather delays was in 1983 at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.

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