08 Jun '13, 8pm

Merion's notoriously flood-prone 11th green spared by all of 1.5-inches....

Merion's notoriously flood-prone 11th green spared by all of 1.5-inches....

Heavy rains in the Philadelphia area have somehow spared Merion Golf Club’s notoriously flood-prone 11th green. The timing could not have been worse – three-and-a-half inches of rain on the Friday before next week’s U.S. Open, leading to a detectable rise of the water levels out of Cobbs Creek and threatening the putting surface at the famed 367-yard, par-4. It wouldn’t be the first time that the putting surface had flooded. Merion’s director of grounds Matt Shaffer has variously estimated that he and his crew have had to rescue the green from flooding a dozen or two times in his 11 years there. But not this time. The tiny putting surface -- at 3,677 square feet the second smallest on Merion’s championship East Course -- was spared, Shaffer told Golfweek on Saturday, “by a whole 1.5 inches.” In fact, the crew managed to double cut and roll the green this morning and was sl...

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