Rain could push part of U.S. Open to different course

Two courses in Merion could host the 2013 U.S. Open. (USATSI)
Two courses in Merion could host the 2013 U.S. Open. (USATSI)

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This is a headline that sounds insane but gets a little less insane once I explain to you what's going on.

First, Tropical Storm Andrea is poised to swallow up the East Coast in the next few days -- dumping her buckets of rain and wind and potentially causing flooding in some areas.

This is a problem for the U.S. Open because, well, it's being played in Ardmore, Pa., which is about 10 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

There's a chance the rain could flood parts of the course being used for the Open, so the Merion Golf Club groundskeepers have a backup plan just in case.

Golf.com has the story:

"According to Merion superintendent Arron McCurdy, the USGA will use two holes from Merion’s West Course -- the 4th and the 5th -- in the U.S. Open if two flood-prone holes on the East Course -- the 11th and 12th -- are unplayable during the tournament."

Nobody thinks the flooding will take place, but if Mother Nature has taught us anything of late, it's to never assume anything.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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