Play has resumed at the U.S. Open, as the storms that slammed Merion Golf Club early Thursday have departed the area.

The United States Golf Association stopped play at Merion and cleared the course at 8:36 a.m. After the worst of the weather ended, golfers were allowed to return to the practice range at around 11:15 a.m.

Finally, at 12:08 p.m. - two minutes before the scheduled restart time - the tournament returned to action. In all, the delay lasted three hours and 32 minutes.

Fans were allowed to re-enter Merion just after 10:45 a.m., and SEPTA service to the course resumed at that time.

If you're taking public transit to Merion, there's a free shuttle bus from the Rosemont regional rail station. Or take the Norristown High Speed Line to the Ardmore Avenue stop, which is walking distance from the course.

If you're driving, the main spectator parking lot is at PPL Park in Chester. There's a free and frequent shuttle bus from there.

There was some golf to watch before the storms arrived, as play began at 6:45 a.m. Cliff Kresge hit the first shot of the morning off the first tee, in front of Merion's famed clubhouse.

Ian Poulter was atop the leaderboard when play was halted, at 3-under through three holes. Four players stood at 2-under, with Nicolas Colsaerts having made it through seven holes.

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson were among the biggest names who got early starts at Merion.

Thursday's most star-studded threesome - Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott - is currently scheduled to tee off at 4:44 p.m. But with the threat of more bad weather to come, the schedule is likely to change again.

If there are fewer than four hours of play in total on Thursday, fans will be able to use their tickets again on another day of the event. That will be tricky, though, with Merion already set to be at its 25,000-person capacity throughout the weekend.