As Matt Shaffer's crew hustled to put the finishing touches on the East Course at Merion Golf Club this morning for resumption of play in the 113th U.S. Open, their effort was helped by a move that occurred the previous day.
"I went to Home Depot yesterday to buy some headlamps and flashlights," assistant superintendent/information specialist Dave McDonald told GCM as he checked out the course at No. 17 just a short while ago, before the continuation of first round play began at 7:13 a.m. (and, yes, 3 minutes after the horn sounded to resume action, the rain began to fall again).
"I got a total of 40 pieces, probably cost about $500. They used them (headlamps) this morning to rake bunkers. I always wondered how you rake bunkers in the dark."
As for the fact only two players out of 78 who finished their round yesterday broke par, McDonald probably summed it up best.
"It says a lot about old Merion," he says.