Sunny skies clear way for Round 2

The rain-delayed U.S. Open resumed Friday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale with Mike Weir, of Canada, taking a two-shot lead after the first round. Though the weather was dry Friday, the course was not.

News 12 Staff

Jun 20, 2009, 12:32 AM

Updated 5,507 days ago

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The rain-delayed U.S. Open resumed Friday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale with Mike Weir, of Canada, taking a two-shot lead after the first round.
Though the weather was dry Friday, the course was not. Golfers and fans dealt with a softer green and muddy grounds, but it didn?t matter much. Fans were determined to see some action after Thursday?s play was suspended.
"Paid 200 bucks and didn't get in to see any golf, so we went back out and spent another 200 for tickets today,? said Pete Flynn, of Cold Spring Harbor.
Players and fans expressed surprise that the grounds crew was able to turn Thursday?s deluge into a full day of play Friday. Phil Mickelson even said he didn?t mind the soft green.
"The soft conditions are great," Mickelson said. "The balls that hit the fairways are staying in the fairways ? the soft conditions are helping."The second round started late Friday afternoon. The USGA says it?s bracing for a Monday finish, but a Tuesday round has also been discussed.
The USGA announced Friday that Thursday's ticket holders for the U.S. Open can attend Monday's round, if one is held. However, people who bought those 34,000 tickets for Thursday won't be issued a refund or rain check.
Three parking lots at Bethpage State Park are closed due to flooding. Officials are advising fans and volunteers to use general spectator parking areas at Jones Beach for complimentary shuttle buses to the park.
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AP wire services contributed to this report.


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