BETHESDA, Md. – Threatening skies once again will greet the final pairings Sunday in the U.S. Open, and the tee times again will leave little margin for error on getting finished before darkness if there is a stoppage due to lightning.
In Saturday’s third round, the final pairing of Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang made their way around Congressional in slightly over four hours, right on the target time set by the U.S. Golf Association, and finished at 7:54 p.m., less than 45 minutes before sunset.
So the USGA and NBC are banking that play will continue smoothly without any stoppages, so McIlroy and Yang will tee off in the last group at 3:20 p.m. NBC’s coverage is scheduled to end at 7:30 p.m.
The forecast calls for breaks of sunshine in the early afternoon before a large area of showers and thunderstorms heads to the Bethesda region. The area is expected to weaken and dip to the south but a few showers and storms may hit close to the course in the mid to late afternoon.