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Thursday's U.S. Open round washed out

Thursday?s unrelenting rain cut the first day of the U.S. Open short and will make for some parking headaches for the rest of the tournament. Play was suspended after 10 a.m. Thursday due to the weather.

News 12 Staff

Jun 19, 2009, 2:32 AM

Updated 5,505 days ago

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Thursday?s unrelenting rain cut the first day of the U.S. Open short and will make for some parking headaches for the rest of the tournament.
Play was suspended after 10 a.m. Thursday due to the weather. It is set to resume Friday at 6 a.m. The suspension came hours after the first round began at Bethpage Black. Officials had hoped morning players would resume play during the afternoon, but the inclement weather prevented that from happening.
The USGA says parking lots F, D and R at Bethpage State Park will be closed for the duration of U.S. Open due to flooding. Parking lot R is for volunteers only. Officials say fans and volunteers should proceed to general spectator parking areas at Jones Beach for complimentary shuttle buses to the park. General spectator shuttles begin at 5:30 a.m.
Despite the heavy downpours, fans still came out to cheer on their favorites, but once play was suspended, not everyone was so happy.
"I?m standing here soaking wet, I spent $200 on [the] Long Island Rail Road to get here and this is what I get,? says Dianne Schloesser, of Miller Place.
If getting wet wasn?t enough, the USGA says fans won?t be able to use their tickets for another day even though the pros only played for a few hours. According to USGA official Rand Jerris, enough play occurred Thursday that only tickets for Friday will be accepted tomorrow.
The final rounds are scheduled for this weekend.
Go to our full U.S. Open coverageAP wire services contributed to this report.


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