The Deal family, who sought shelter under a nearby tree, said they were willing to wait out the storm for as long as it took.
"We'll be out here until they tell us that we have to go home," said Todd Deal as he crouched under the tree's branches in an effort to stay dry.
His wife Melody Deal agreed. She said it would take more than a little rain to make them head inside.
At 4:40 p.m., just as things were beginning to look hopeless, officials announced that although it was still sprinkling, the danger had cleared and play would soon resume.
After 5 p.m., an air horn signaling the restart of play sounded from across the green as cheers and applause erupted from those loyal fans still crouched under their umbrellas.
"I'm just delighted that they're going to play on," said Will Gandy who had ridden out the storm by browsing through the offerings in the merchandise tent.
"I think that the rain sent a lot of folks home, but the people who stayed, they're the real fans."
William Lane, who stood near the 17th hole sipping a beer as play resumed, said that although the delay was tedious, he hadn't really minded.
"If it rains, it rains," he said pulling the brim of his hat down to shield his eyes from the light mist. "I'm going to be out here either way, no matter what the weather is."
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