Rain makes for really soft Merion

Updated: June 12, 2013, 1:46 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

ARDMORE, Pa. -- The prospect of a firm, fast course for the 113th U.S. Open diminished with every raindrop Monday at Merion Golf Club, where the 11th hole remained off limits and practice rounds twice were suspended due to heavy rain.

More than an inch of rain fell before 9 a.m. ET, and the East Course was not opened until 11; it was closed again at 3 p.m. for another 30 minutes. The 11th, a short par-4 at the lowest part of the East Course, has been so problematic over the years ...

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