After a deluge of rain fell on Oakmont in the last 24 hours the USGA kept the gates closed to spectators until just after 8AM this morning to improve walking paths and washed out areas of the course. Over 1.5 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours on the course and surrounding area resulting in local flooding and major traffic delays throughout the region. The USGA has the course ready to play with the the rough wet and thick from all the rain. Greens and fairways are in excellent condition and morning round players will enjoy very responsive greens after all the rain.[slideshow_deploy id=’21541’]
Andrew Landry from Texas who is playing in his first major had only one hole to finish from yesterday’s round and made the 6 foot put to finish up his first round with a record setting -4 par 66, the best opening round at Oakmont in U.S. Open history. Bubba Watson came out with two holes to play this morning and Mary bogey on 16 to drop from -2 to -1 for his first completed round. Because of weather delays Watson will not be back on the tee until 8:21 pm this evening, for a token few holes of his second round before dark. Players like Rory Mclroy , Danny Willet, Rick Fowler, Jason Duffner, Zack Johnson and a host of others currently have no second round tee time so golf fans will not see them at Oakmont for the entire day. In a strange scenario many players will not even be at Oakmont after finishing just a hole or two this morning.
There are currently 78 players in the field who have not even played one hole in the tournament as of 8AM this morning. Ironically there will be players today from Thursday’s second round pairing who will play 36 holes today before the morning pairings from Thursday even start their second round.
As for Andrew Landry, he seems unfazed by the fact that he leads the U.S. Open after round one by 2 shots over Lee Westwood. Considering the Texas native has only made 5 professional cuts on the tour this year, he seems focused and undaunted by the attention from all of the media. Andrew will tee it up again for his second round at 7:26 this evening with about 90 minutes of light before play is halted. The entire situation has created a number of first at the U. S. Open, The cut line will not be determined until at least 2 pm on Saturday resulting in a very busy tee schedule for the weekend. There is no indication of a cut line at this time, it could be as high as 5-6 over considering conditions and schedules.