Rain Cuts Short First Day of U.S. Open at Oakmont

2016 U.S. Open
OAKMONT, Pa. – The golfers were ready, the fans were ready, Mother Nature had other plans.

(Photo Andrew Landry hits his second shot on the 14th hole during the first round for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Thursday, June 16, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Michael Cohen))

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The opening day of the 116th U.S. Open being held at Oakmont County Club outside of Pittsburgh was cut short Thursday with just nine golfers finishing their rounds and 78, half the golfers, not even getting to the first tee box.

There were three weather delays, one in the morning last one hour, 19 minutes, a second for 2 hours and 29 minutes and then a third that saw play halted for the day.

Of the 78 who started play Thursday, Andrew Landry leads the field at a 3-under par after 17 holes despite bogeys on the final two holes he played, seven and eight. He was on the green on No. 9 when the weather siren sounded for the third time on day, and play never resumed.

Bubba Watson and Danny Lee are both 2-under par with Watson having played 14 holes and Lee 13.

Of the golfers who finished rounds Thursday, amateur Scottie Scheffler leads the way at 1-under par, good for a tie for fourth place.

Round One is expected to resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday with Round Two also being started. The weather could force the tournament into Monday as happened in 2009 at Bethpage Black.

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  • The Stanley Cup made an appearance at Oakmont Thursday with many Pittsburgh Penguins on hand.

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