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113TH US OPEN

Rain will soften Merion, allow players to aim for flags

ARDMORE, Pa. — Thursday’s rain at the US Open — which comes on top of earlier rain last weekend, then more Monday — will turn Merion Golf Club into a saturated, muddy mess.

It’s not how US Golf Association officials were hoping the course would play, either inside the ropes or outside. They always prefer firm and fast conditions, which test a player’s ability to control the golf ball and be extremely precise on hard greens.

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