Looks like a Chamber of Commerce Day at Merion Golf Club.
Sunny skies. Temperatures forecast for the low 80s. Tiger and the guys should get in some good work today at the East Course.
"It should be a good day today for the spectators," says superintendent Arron McCurdy, polishing off a bowl of Cheerios as the green department completes its pre-practice round chores (here's a picture of them returning to home base).
What is hard to swallow, though, is what could be coming next.
Storms, big ones, apparently are on the horizon for the first round of the 113th U.S. Open tomorrow. Although the East Course has been spared heavy rain since Monday, the 5.85 inches that soaked the place in the previous days has created lingering issues.
"That rain's going to turn everything upside down," McCurdy says. "We're wet. The more you roll, the more the water comes up. The more you mow, the water comes up. We have them rolled so much that maybe it'll run off. Regardless, it's going to stay wet near the top."
McCurdy says he can't control the weather. But he can be optimistic.
"We'll do everything we can to be ready," he says. "We have to."