U.S. Open Golf 2012: Clouds Roll In, Sun Disappears

For the first time this week, clouds have rolled in over The Olympic Club, shielding the sun from view. For the leaders, still about two hours from stepping onto the tee box, the overcast skies are a welcome sight. Without the sun baking the course throughout the day, the fairways and greens should stay somewhat receptive, though The Olympic Club is still playing firm and fast.

This morning, some of the greens were rolled again, and all were stimped as Mike Davis setup the course. Davis has yet to announce the Stimpmeter readings, but I'd assume the greens are still rolling at about 13, just as they were the last three days.

Still, the short grass remains rock hard. The 17th green feels like a driveway, with no real give in the ground. While 13 or so on the Stimpmeter is fast, the measurement doesn't tell the whole story: The greens haven't been terribly receptive all week, preventing players from spinning shots. Balls hit into the greens with a long iron roll out a significant amount, and wedges just aren't spinning as much as one would expect.

But with clouds overhead, the course conditions should stay a touch softer throughout the day instead of firming up even more by the time the leaders tee-off.

Fans can follow along with the action at The Olympic Club with the 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard from USOpen.com.

For all your news and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub. Be sure to head over to USOpen.com for even more coverage from the event.

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