So what's happening at Merion Golf Club right now?
The first day of practice rounds for the 113th U.S. Open have not yet begun (and they won't start until at least 10 a.m., a USGA official says). Heavy rains started around 7:30 a.m., right about the time director of golf course management Matt Shaffer's crew was completing its morning duties.
A soft East Course, nailed by 3.5 inches of rain Friday, is becoming softer by the second.
"It started raining right after we got done with our work this morning," says one of Shaffer's volunteers, Sam Butler, from Club at Mediterra in Naples, Fla. "Now we've got some runoffs and we are cleaning up puddles."
"It doesn't look pretty," McDonald says. "We've been pumping out bunkers, a lot of cleanup. After we finished this morning, we usually would let them go back to the hotel or go home but we're keeping them here."
McDonald had no plans of stepping outside anytime soon. He had a good reason.
"I let four people borrow my rain gear," he said.