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Play suspended at U.S. Open after heavy rains plague first round

Chris Adamski

Almost 10 hours after the first player teed off at the 116th U.S. Open, play ended at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday.

About half of that time, however, was spent with no one playing.

Heavy rains throughout the day led to three suspensions in play, culminating with a USGA announcement at 4:34 p.m. that the tournament would not resume until Friday morning.

Of the 156 golfers in the field, just nine completed their first round Thursday.

That meant that Andrew Landry – the 624th-ranked player in the world – would enter the second day of play at the U.S. Open as its leader.

A 28-year-old with only 12 PGA Tour starts to his credit, Landry sat at 3-under par as he prepared for a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole of his round before the day’s third weather-delay air horn sounded at 3:51 p.m. because of the latest of a series of rainstorms to hit Western Pennsylvania on the opening day of the record eighth U.S. Open played at Oakmont.

After a soaking overnight storm that dumped 1.14 inches of rain on the historic course, a delay that began at 10:04 a.m. lasted 79 minutes and another, two-hour, 26-minute delay followed soon thereafter.

If Landry makes his putt when play resumes Friday, his 66 would mark one of the lowest first-round score recorded at any of the record eight U.S. Opens played at Oakmont.

Landry’s round still hadn’t ended more than 9 ½ hours after it started at 6:56 a.m. under what was a rare period of sunny skies in Oakmont on Thursday. Delays combining to last four hours and 27 minutes meant all those with afternoon tee times – including some of the biggest names in the sport – did not even tee off in the tournament.

Landry had a one-shot lead over two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and New Zealander Danny Lee.

But Landry’s lead had shrunk as the result of consecutive bogeys on Nos. 7-8 after he’d played his first 16 holes all at par or better. He held a three-shot lead at 5-under when the second weather delay of the day hit.

The sogginess of the course slowed the greens enough to suppress scores, and no scores were lower than that of Landry. He teed off in the second-earliest timeslot; American Denny McCarthy was officially began play at No. 1 at 6:45 a.m.

Landry birdied Nos. 10 and 17 before a three-hole run of birdies of Nos. 2-4 early in his back nine.

Four golfers, including three-time European Tour Golfer of the Year Lee Westwood, were tied for fourth at 1-under.

Westwood provided the first – and, to this point, only – eagle of the tournament when he holed his approach shot on the par-4 No. 14 hole to briefly vault him into a tie atop the leaderboard until consecutive bogeys to begin his back nine dropped him back.

Watson had a wild start to the tournament, with five birdies and three bogeys over an eight-hole span through his first 10 holes of the tournament.

Among the bigger names who will open play Friday morning are Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and world No. 1 Jason Day (2:20 p.m.).

Pine-Richland grad Mike Van Sickle overcame a slow start by birdying three of four holes between Nos. 13-16 and finished his first round at 6-over.


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People head for shelter after play is suspended for rain at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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People head for shelter after play is suspended for rain at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans brave the rain during the second stoppage of play during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans wait out a weather delay on the 17th hole during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Danny Lee hits out of a green-side bunker on Hole 8 on the first day of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Bryson DeChambeau runs off the 17th tee to his drive during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Jordan Spieth reacts after his approach shot rolled off the 17th green into the large bunker during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Matt Fitzpatrick watches as Danny Lee tees off from the 5th hole during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Andrew Johnston and his caddie look toward the first green from the top of the fairway during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Andrew Landry watches his tee shot on hole 16 during the opening round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans check out the leader board, complete with a weather warning, as play was suspended during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Denny McCarthy kicks off the 116th U.S. Open by hitting his tee shot on the first hole at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016,in Oakmont.
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Rory McIlroy reacts to a shot on hole 1 on the first day of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Kevin Streelman lines up a putt on hole 15 during the opening round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Rickie Fowler places his ball on the green on hole 1 on the first day of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Aron Price hits his tee shot on the first hole when his group kicked off the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Bubba Watson places his ball on the green on hole 1 on the first day of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans stop to photograph the clubhouse in the early morning light on the way to the first tee at the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 14, 2016.
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Fans walk in the early-morning light toward the first tee at the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Standard bearer Daniel Smith walks in the early-morning light toward the first tee at the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Matt Fitzpatrick putts on the first green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Lee Westwood watches his drive off of the 16th hole on the first day of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Jordan Spieth putts on the 16th green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Looking down the 10th fairway, fans take in the action from the first round of the U.S. Open in-between rain delays at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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People head for shelter after play is suspended for rain at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Danny Lee hits an approach to the 4th green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Bryson DeChambeau reacts on the 17th green as play resumes following the 2nd rain delay during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Mike Van Sickle reacts to a missed putt on the 15th green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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People make their way along paths down from the clubhouse at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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People are seen between windows in a shelter as they make their way along the paths at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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A handful of fans watch the Rodgers,Horsfield and Johnston group as they play on the 15th green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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People look through the gates as golfers walk through a restricted area at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby gets in some practice putts as he visits the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club with the Stanley Cup and his fellow teammates on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans brave the rain during the second stoppage of play during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans scramble for cover along the 18th fairway as play is suspended for the second time due to inclement weather during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship in Oakmont on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Rain clouds hover over the U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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(Clockwise from top right) Brendan Henry, Karl Brown, Trent Thurmon, Matt Schoelch, Thomas Schmittdiel, and on bottom, D.J. LaPoint, all 22, discuss if they should make the 10-hour drive back to Missouri during a delay in play due to inclement weather at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016. All but Thurmon are from St. Louis, while Thurmon hails from Kansas City.
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Fans brave the rain during the second stoppage of play during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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People squeegee the course at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club after rain and lighting caused delays in play on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Kathy Matesic (left), 66, and Lori Clinton, 55, both of Hampton take shelter with their drinks as play is suspended for rain at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016. 'It's laughable,' said Matesic of the multiple rain delays. 'It's an adventure.'
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Rain splashes off of letters from the leader board as people head for shelter after play is suspended for rain at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Stands remained closed for spectators as play is suspended for rain at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Mikael Lundberg warms up on the practice green before his group kicked off the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans walk in the early-morning light to watch the first group kick off the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Andres Gonzales watches his tee shot on hole 16 during the opening round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Kevin Streelman hits a shot from the 15th fairway during the opening round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Fans wait out a weather delay during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Aron Price practices on the practice putting green before playing in the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Bryson DeChambeau looks at his putt on the 16th green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Bryson DeChambeau watches his drive from the 17th tee during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Bubba Watson watches his drive from the 5th tee during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Rickie Fowler watches his drive from the 5th tee during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Romain Wattel putts on the 1st green during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Mike Van Sickle reacts to a missed putt on the 15th green at the U.S. Open. The Pine-Richland graduate is tied for 56th at 6-over after his first round.
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Jordan Spieth blasts out of the the large bunker during the first round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Oakmont.
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Bubba Watson sinks a putt on 10 during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Bubba Watson acknowledges the fans after sinking a putt on 10 during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Bubba Watson pumps his fist after sinking a putt on No. 10 during the first round of the U.S. Open. Watson is 2-under-par through 14 holes, one stroke behind leader Andrew Landry.
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Rickie Fowler tees off from 10 during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Andrew Landry tees off on Hole 9 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Andrew Landry hits his third shot from the fairway on Hole 7 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Andrew Landry lines up his putt on No. 7 during the first round of the U.S. Open. He was 3-under-par through 17 holes.
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Andrew Landry connects on his drive on Hole 9 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Andrew Landry sits outside the clubhouse after play was suspended for the day during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Andrew Landry lines up his putt on Hole 7 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Danny Willett reacts after missing his putt on Hole 8 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Danny Lee hits out of a green-side bunker on Hole 8 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Rory McIlroy watches his putt on Hole 8 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Kevin Streelman watches his tee shot on Hole 2 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Matt Fitzpatrick watches his putt on Hole 8 during the first round of 2016 U.S. Open Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
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Danny Lee hits out of a green-side bunker on Hole 8 on the first day of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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People are reflected in a puddle along the grounds of Oakmont Country Club after the first round of the U.S. Open is suspended for the remainder of the day on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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People run in the rain past the leader board after play is suspended for inclement weather at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Ken Smith of State College jumps a rushing stream of water as his wife Sherry, behind him in yellow, follows after at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Justin Furstenburg (left) of Clinton Township, N.J., and Dean Giusti of Warren Township, N.J., take shelter under a pine tree after play is suspended for inclement weather at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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John Hardy, from North Brook, Illinois and father of Nick Hardy follows his son around the course during the first round of the U.S. Open at the Oakmont Country Club on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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