Wet Weather Returns to U.S. Open Sunday

By Andy Mussoline, Meteorologist
June 15, 2013; 4:54 AM ET
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Professional golfers battling for the U.S. Open Championship in Ardmore, Pa. could have thunderstorms disrupt play on Sunday before a champion raises the trophy.

Bright sunshine across the the mid-Atlantic Saturday helped to dry out the wet Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Several inches of rain hit the course since last Monday, but the course has handled the rainfall relatively well.

However, after a reprieve for the first half of the weekend, more wet weather will return Sunday.

"A shower or thunderstorm could threaten players and spectators late in the afternoon and evening," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister said.

A storm that was responsible for severe thunderstorms from Denver to Chicago Saturday evening will advance toward the mid-Atlantic on Sunday. The storm will interact with heat and humidity in the region to bring more wet weather to the area.

"The threat for strong thunderstorms is low," Leister said.

If the championship is delayed due to the wet weather or ends in a tie Sunday evening, play would be extended into Monday. The good news is that there is only a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm on Monday.

Thumbnail photo provided by the Associated Press: spectators watch play during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Similar scenes are likely later Sunday as more storms return to the area.

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