ABC News reports play at the US Open is being suspended because of that big-ass storm rolling into town:
The horn blew at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, halting play after less than 2 hours into the first round of U.S. Open. It wasn’t raining as the players began to leave the course, but soon there were thunderclaps over the Merion Golf Course, and radar showed approaching severe weather that could affect the rest of the day.
Turns out Rory McIlroy decided to do the Rocky thing before teeing off in the U.S. Open.
The world’s No. 2 ranked player said earlier this week that he was “half-thinking” of heading into the City of Brotherly Love to the spot where the fictional Rocky Balboa jumped up and down triumphantly after running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
On Wednesday the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland tweeted: “Can’t come to Philadelphia and not see the ‘Rocky’ steps!!” along with a photo, shot from behind, that shows a jubilant figure with arms raised Rocky-style and wearing a Phillies baseball cap backward.
He’s also very enthusiastic about the Phillies, apaparently.
Here’s the Golf Channel’s “Philly Tough” promo for the U.S. Open. It is kind of awesome:
“PHILLY TOUGH” – Live From The U.S. Open 2013 – The Golf Channel from Christopher E. Fernandez on Vimeo.
There’s an important golf tournament taking place next week at the Merion Golf Club, our sources tell us. And it’s going to be a wee little affair.
Due to the size of the course, the number of spectators allowed in each day has been limited to 25,000, not too many more than saw Bobby Jones win the 1930 U.S. Amateur, also held at Merion. Last year’s Open at Olympic Club outside San Francisco allowed double that, or about 50,000 fans onto the course each day.
In large part because of that tininess, prices are skyrocketing. Philly.com checkout the secondary markets most people use to buy tickets, and found that prices were nearly triple what they were last year. Final round tickets for this year’s tournament are selling for an average price of $330, compared to $122 in 2012 and $141 in 2011.
The Courier-Post reports:
CHERRY HILL — Woodcrest Country Club will go on the auction block today, one year after the Cherry Hill landmark declared bankruptcy.
Four bidders have qualified for the auction, with two indicating they want the 155-acre property to remain a golf course. A third bidder, Camden County, has said it would use open-space funds to prevent development at the site.
The latest bidders emerged over the weekend when a partnership led in part by George E. Norcross III said it wants Woodcrest to continue as a golf course. Norcross, an insurance executive and chairman of Cooper University Hospital, lives near Woodcrest.
Norcross, of course, is also one of the owners of Interstate General Media, which runs the city’s two major daily newspapers. He was also the subject of a recent Steve Volk profile at PhillyMag, which concluded that “this region’s relationship with him will remain tainted by an unquenched desire: to see George Norcross III climb onstage, stand before a podium, and take a deep and holy breath. To see George Norcross III hang his head—flashbulbs popping—and assume the position. ” Steve will no doubt be invited to play a round for free.
And no, we’re not just talking about the big-deal U.S. Open next year at Merion. The USGA announced it’s awarded the U.S. Women’s Amateur to Rolling Green golf club in Springfield in 2016. Are we like golf gods here, or what? [USGA]