The 2016 US Open teed off yesterday at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania in atrocious weather, with storms halting play on three separate occasions. When play was eventually called for the day it was 28 year-old qualifier Andrew Landry who topped the leaderboard at 3-under par after 17 holes.
With almost half the field still left to tee-off, we could be heading for a Monday finish to this year’s championship.
Landry had fives birdies and two bogeys in his round as some of the biggest names in golf struggled on the opening day.
Ranked 624th in golf’s world rankings Landry said he “just kind of kept to myself” during the weather delays. I went to the locker room, stayed by myself, talked to my caddie a bit, and turned my phone off. Had my phone off the whole time. It was good to just be by myself and take it all in.”
Tipped by many to do well here this week was Rickie Fowler, but while the American opened with a birdie 3 on the first hole, it went badly downhill from there. A double-bogey at the third was followed by a bogey at the fifth. Bogeys at four out of five holes around the turn had him really struggling at 6-over par, and in a real fight to stay in touch with the field.
However the 27 year-old Californian was upbeat, posting on Twitter, “Oakmont is hard enough if you hit the fairway…have to drive it better! Looking 4ward to relaxing and getting back after it in the morning!”
Rory McIlroy is languishing on 4-over after 13, while Jordan Spieth is on 1-over after 11.