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U.S. Open (Day 1)

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The 116th U.S. Open (Day 1)

Today players prepared themselves to face the daunting task of overcoming Oakmont and all its challenges. Oakmont is filled with rolling hills, unimaginable rough and some of the fastest greens around, but no water hazards.

However, the biggest challenge on Day 1 would be an abundance of water.  The kind only Mother Nature can offer. The players would see over 4 hours of weather delays and would eventually see play suspended for the day.

Day 1 would see 78 of the 156 players tee off and only 9 players able to complete their first round. Prior to round one Oakmont would be hit with around 1.1 inches of water over night and another 1.5 inches throughout today.

Day 1 Leaderboard

Some golfers would struggle with the start and stop pace of play, but one player seemed to take advantage of today’s conditions.

American qualifier Andrew Landry, the worlds #624 ranked player would find himself as an unlikely leader as Day 1 was suspended.

Landry was set to take a 15 foot birdie attempt on his final hole when the hooter sounded. He would find himself sitting at 3 under par for the day and just 1 stroke ahead of Bubba Watson and Danny Lee.

A 19-year-old University of Texas sophomore, Amateur Scottie Scheffler was playing his first round in a major championship. Scheffler was one of only 9 golfers to finish his round.  So technically, the amateur was the leader in the clubhouse, since Andrew Landry still had to finish his 18th hole.

Jordan Speith is currently tied for 16th at 1 over par through 11 holes. A couple other favorites like Rory Mcllroy and Danny Willett find themselves at 4 over par.

Still to come

With 78 players still yet to start their first round, some notable players were yet to tee off.  Jason Day, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson received the day off.  The rain at least allowed Phil Mickelson to celebrate his 46th birthday with a day off.

The U.S. Open still has a long way to go before we can crown a winner and Oakmont is known for testing ones patience.  Now with extra holes to be made up and some players facing 36 holes of championship golf in one day we will get to see how these players handle the added adversity.

For those who truly love golf, this U.S. Open could be setting up to push the limits of the greatest golfers in the world. Luckily we as fans get to sit back and enjoy the show.

 

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