This was a moment that Ryan Tuxhorn and Tom Currie should frame in their mind for quite a while.
Tuxhorn and Currie (pictured from left to right), part of Merion Golf Club director of operations Matt Shaffer's volunteer crew for the U.S. Open, had just completed squeegying water from the 18th fairway that is closest to the bleachers a little while ago. As they finished, Tuxhorn and Currie thrust their work tools toward the sky, jogging of the course as they did so, and the people in the bleachers erupted with their approval.
Maybe those folks simply were restless, and now will have to wait even longer for golfers to show because of a weather delay that finally ended at 12:07 after a nearly 4-hour delay. Tuxhorn, who works at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J., thought their exit was simply the right thing to do.
"Everybody's been kind of down, bleak because of the weather," he says. "We were trying to fire them up a little bit."
Currie, who works for Genesis Turf Grass in Glen Rock, Pa., got a kick out of it, too.
"Our 15 minutes of fame," Currie said.