Jun 17th, 2016
Who he? Unheralded American leads weather-hit US Open
Andrew Landry -3 after 17
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Oakmont just keeps on giving! Not only is it the hardest golf course known to man, it has now done a deal with god and brought the weather into play.
With world number 624 Andrew Landry leading by one shot, lightning storms had Rory, Jason and co running for cover. 28-year-old qualifier Landry will return on Friday with a 10-foot putt for birdie on the ninth, his last hole, to move to four under.
Only nine players had completed their first rounds when play was stopped at about half past nine UK time. Bubba Watson is joint second on two under, while England's Lee Westwood is one under after 13.
Rory McIlroy is three over par after 12 and Jordan Spieth is one over after 11.
The American world number two and his playing partners Bryson DeChambeau and reigning Open champion Zach Johnson had been warned by a rules official to pick up their pace of play as they left the 16th tee.
Lee Westwood holed a 124-yard wedge shot for an eagle on the par-four 15th, but missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 17th as he completed his first nine holes in two under.
"It's frustrating having to keep coming off but there's nothing you can do about the weather," said Lee. "I'm playing well though, playing nicely. I've dropped shots when I've missed it in the wrong spots and made some nice birdies too."
So what did Westy do during the storm delays? Legged it to the club house to watch England beat Wales in the Euros. And when Rory heard the hooter go off on the course, he was off like a shot to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine.
Every cloud, eh?
Level M Fitzpatrick (Eng) (13), R KNox (Sco) (12), S Lowry (Ire) (11)
+3 M Baldwin (Eng) (17), R McIlroy (NI) (12), M Miller (Sco) (11)
+4 D Willett (Eng) (12);
+5 A Johnston (Eng) (17), P Casey (Eng) (14), L Donald (Eng) (13)