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Wet Weather Returns to U.S. Open Sunday

Professional golfers battling for the U.S. Open Championship in Ardmore, Pa. could have thunderstorms disrupt play on Sunday before a champion raises the trophy.

Bright sunshine will be across the the mid-Atlantic on Saturday helping to dry out the wet Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Several inches of rain hit the course since last Monday, but the course has handled the rainfall relatively well.

However, after a reprieve for the first half of the weekend, more wet weather will return by Sunday.

"A spotty shower or two could dampen the course from late Sunday morning through the early afternoon," Meteorologist Eric Leister said. "However, thunderstorms could threaten players and spectators for the second half of the afternoon and evening."

A storm that will be responsible for severe thunderstorms from Denver to Chicago through early Saturday night will advance toward the mid-Atlantic on Sunday. The storm will interact with heat and humidity in the region to bring more wet weather to the area.

"The threat for severe weather is not high later Sunday, but gusty winds and torrential downpours could threaten the course," Leister said.

If the championship is delayed due to the wet weather or ends in a tie Sunday evening, play would be extended into Monday. The good news is that there is only a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm on Monday.