Thursday June 18, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Heavy rains have forced suspension of play for the day at the U.S. Open.
Play was halted at 10:16 a.m. EDT, as the already waterlogged ground was further drenched. Portions of the course were underwater and streams were running down some fairways. The rain didn't let up and officials called it a day shortly before 2 p.m. EDT.
Half the 156-player field was on the course at the time of the suspension. The other half had yet to tee off, causing a backlog that the United States Golf Association is going to have to alleivate. More rain is predicted for the rest of the week, with some improvement tomorrow.
Defending champ Tiger Woods stands at one over par through six holes. That puts him two shots back of the leaders. Nationwide Tour player Jeff Brehaut was in one of the first two groups to tee off and is among those at the top of the leaderboard at one-under. He's played 11 holes.