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Congressional will not be closed for the Saturday session at AT&T National [PHOTOS]


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BETHESDA, Md. -- After a hurricane-like storm - in weather parlance, called a "derecho" - blew through Congressional CC and the D.C. area last night, the third round of the AT&T National was in some doubt. Following a remarkable clean-up effort, however, play will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday with threesomes teeing off from the first and 10th holes.

GNN surveyed the course around 11 a.m. this morning to scout out what the players would see in two hours' time.

The areas where players should be hitting their ball - fairways, rough and greens - look in great shape. Plenty of twigs, sticks, pine needles and leaves cover the fairways and rough, but they can be moved. In fact, they might prevent some balls from rolling into worse shape.



The greens are slightly softer, but not much. Only .3 inches of rain fell on the course overnight, making the storm more of a wind event than a rain event. The cups have not been cut for Saturday, while PGA Tour officials scramble to tend to the matter of getting the golf course ready for play.


No tee has a marker on it, and for good reason. The Tour isn't yet sure how they'll want the golf course to play. Some teeing grounds have a lot of debris on them, some hardly any.

When asked when they would get markers out on the course, PGA Tour official Mark Russell said, "We're not quite sure yet."

The gallery below has the highlights from the trip around Congressional this morning. Check out our Facebook page for more.

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