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Fans flee as threatening weather halts US Open

Updated: June 13, 2013, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ARDMORE, Pa. -- The horn that suspended play at the U.S. Open also turned out to be the official signal to shop.

Forget Ian Poulter. The real early leader at Merion Golf Club was the merchandise tent -- all three of them. Those crackles of thunder led to plenty of ka-chinging at the stores.

Storms were expected in the Philadelphia area for most of Thursday, and when the alert sounded at 8:36 a.m., thousands of fans left their perches in the grandstands and went in search of souvenirs ...

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