Just how long is the U.S. Open delayed? Massive downpours at Bethpage Black forced tournament play to be suspended after 3 hours and 15 minutes Thursday. Read more about the story plus photos and video below.
With the rain not letting up on Thursday, play at the U.S. Open delayed until Friday morning at 7:30 AM, weather permitting. Last year’s winner, Tiger Woods, did not finish seven holes before officials deemed the greens at Bethpage too wet to continue.
“It was pretty tough out there. There was a lot of standing water.”
78 players teed off Thursday morning, and the most holes anyone played was 11. Heavy favorite Phil Mickelson didn’t even head to the golf course on Thursday.
The forecast for Friday shows a 40 percent chance of rain. Saturday and Sunday calls for even more rain.
With the U.S. Open delayed until Friday, ticket holders from Thursday had inquired if they would be able to exchange their tickets for another day or even receive a refund. The USGA is sticking by its “inclement weather policy”, which states that “daily tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged”.
USGA senior director of rules and competitions, Mike Davis, said the U.S. Open would not conclude until everyone completes 72 holes. He said:
“There is a history, and the USGA is firm on this, that we will not determine a national champion until we play 72 holes. I guess a perfect scenario would be, given what we know now, we would finish the second round by the end of the day Saturday and then try to play 36 Sunday. So our goal is to still finish late Sunday.”
With play resuming at 7:30 AM Friday, they will immediately begin the second round at approximately 4:00 PM EST.
Check out photos and video of the U.S. Open below.
U.S. Open Delayed – Video
Photos: www.wenn.com/Carrie Devorah