US Open Rain Delay Leaves Round Unfinished, Players Mad
Three rain delays, the fall-out of the worst which angered several players, led to a suspension of play at the US Open in Pennsylvania on Thursday, with only nine players having completed the first round.
Agitation came early from a number of golfers on the course when rain first caused a 79-minute delay. Because they were not evacuated from the course, but sheltered in place, these golfers were not allowed to warm back up on the driving range or putting green before resuming play.
“It’s a challenge not being able to warm up, going out there, and trying to hit tee shots at the US Open,” defending champion Jordan Spieth said. “But it is what it is.”
Spieth was 1-over through 11 holes. The top finishing score was 19-year old Scottie Scheffler, a sophomore at the University of Texas, who fired a 1-under 69. The top score on the course is Andrew Landry, the qualifier who jokingly predicted he would win the tournament earlier this week. Landry is 3-under through 17 holes with five birdies.
A much-more familiar face, Bubba Watson, is tied for second and is 2-under through 14. Much further down the chart are Masters champion Danny Willett and 2011 US Open winner Rory McIlroy, both at 4-over – Willett through 11 holes, McIlroy through 10.
World No. 1 Jason Day and US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson were among the 69 players not to even start on Thursday. If the weather holds, many golfers face the daunting task of a 36-hole Friday.