Storms Could Affect Play at U.S. Open on Thursday, into Friday

Storms Could Affect Play at U.S. Open on Thursday, into Friday

Thunderstorms could become trouble for players at the U.S. Open on Thursday and into Friday.
Graphic by Peter Bukowski

A line of storms could disrupt play on Thursday for the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont and potentially linger into Friday morning. 

A storm cell is expected to roll through Thursday afternoon, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek says. Lightning or heavy rains could potentially delay play, and potentially alter the golf course for the players.   

That could leave players who tee off with a late time on Thursday and an early time on Friday to play through some potentially soggy conditions. 

Back in April, USGA executive director Mike Davis said the course would likely need to be set up a particular way if they expected weather, and that Oakmont could play very different in dry vs. wet conditions. 

Davis didn’t go into specifics at a press conference Wednesday, but said that greens would be as fast as ever.

“The green speeds will essentially be what we had in 2007, 2010, and they will be, barring some heavy rain event, which could be very possible tomorrow,” Davis said. “They will be up in the 14s on the Stimpmeter.”

Soft conditions would slow down greens and limit roll off the tee. Moisture in the greens could make it easier to stop the ball on Oakmont’s notoriously fast putting surfaces, which could drive scores lower. 

Play begins Thursday at 6:45 a.m. ET.