OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Storms that took plenty of bite out of Oakmont wound up shutting down the U.S. Open on Thursday.
The first round was suspended for third and final time Thursday just as 28-year-old qualifier Andrew Landry was finishing up a dream round in his U.S. Open debut. Coming off two straight bogeys, Landry drilled his approach to about 10 feet on the par-4 ninth when the horn sounded as a violent storm approached. He was at 3-under par.
In the days leading up to the opening round, the concern was how to handle the course reputed to be the toughest in America. More than an inch of rain brought some relief and made Oakmont softer, especially on the greens. The challenge turned out to be having to restart the round twice, once without an opportunity to warm up on the range.
The delay was the worst at a U.S. Open since Bethpage Black in 2009, when no one completed the first round. Nine players finished at Oakmont, a short list that included Scottie Scheffler, who also had a U.S. Open debut to remember. Scheffler, who just finished his sophomore year at Texas, opened with a 69.
Only seven of the 78 players who teed off in the morning were under par, so even a soft Oakmont presented its share of problems, mostly on the greens.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth was irritated by a few mistakes, though he was 1 over through 12 holes. Spieth was mainly disgusted on the 17th hole when his wedge landed behind the pin, spun back on the green and kept trickling until it went down the slope and into a bunker.
Masters champion Danny Willett, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler could not get off the course soon enough. They played in the same group and were a combined 14 over through 13 holes.
MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC
BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Defending champion Lexi Thompson shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead, with Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn close behind.
The 21-year-old Thompson played the front nine — her final nine at Blythefield — in 6 under. After parring the first nine holes, she holed out from 71 yards with a lob wedge for eagle on the par-5 first and birdied Nos. 3-5 and 8 — playing the three front-nine par 5s in 4 under.
She was tied for the lead with 52-year-old Laura Davies, Sei Young Kim, Carlota Ciganda and Paula Reto. U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun was at 66 along with So Yeon Ryu, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Jaclyn Jansen, Alena Sharp, Amelia Lewis and Q Baek.
Henderson, coming off a playoff victory Sunday over the top-ranked Ko in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship outside Seattle, matched Ko with a 67.
Ko had three of her four birdies on the back nine in her bogey-free round. Jutanugarn, third last week after winning her previous three starts, bogeyed the last two holes for a 68.
Thompson won the Honda LPGA Thailand in February for her seventh LPGA Tour title. The long-hitting Florida player also won a Japan LPGA event last month. She rallied to win last year at Blythefield, finishing at 18 under for a one-stroke victory.