Best Shot of the Day
Andrew Landry might have only played one shot on Friday but it was a significant one. The World No 624 didn’t need a yardage book or even his bag as he rolled in his 10-foot birdie putt at the 9th to complete his delayed opening round. His 66 gave him the lowest ever first round of an Open at Oakmont.
“It was a pretty easy putt to make if you get the speed right,” Landry said. “I just pretty much thought about it this morning, thought about it a little bit last night, but I didn’t like dream about it.”
He then spent the rest of day two speaking to the media, having a nap and apparently doing some laundry.
In previous Majors Billy Horschel has treated us to some wonderful creations in the trouser department. We’ve had flamingos and octopuses and now some floral numbers which you would be embarrassed to have as a table cloth, let alone having them as a pair of slacks at the US Open.
To avoid any further clashes he went with the trusted black belt/white polo combo on the top half.
Best Club Throw
One common refrain from every player is how the US Open is a test of patience. To paraphrase the general motto is ‘Everyone will have bogeys, it is just a case of not making doubles and attacking at the right moments’. Blah blah…
Jamie Donaldson birdied his first two holes and then frustration somewhat got the better of him. Three holes in is pretty early to javelin your wedge at your bag and then take a lump out of the course (when he appeared to miss his bag for the second time in a few seconds). He made a seven..
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What happened Rory?
After winning the Irish Open the hope was that Rory McIlroy would come out firing at Oakmont. But then he only managed to hit only five fairways and eight greens in an opening 77.
Other than when he won at Congressional in 2011 he has failed to break par and he’s not going to do so this week, not that many if anyone will.
“It was tough for everyone out there, but whenever you’re not really in control of what you’re doing and struggling with your golf game – it was sort of compounded by the fact that it was so stop and start – I just really struggled,” said the World No 3.
“Honestly, I’ve been struggling with my swing, even the practice rounds a little bit. I know what I’m doing, but it’s hard to change it out there.”
McIlroy’s struggles weren’t out of place in his threeball. Masters champion Danny Willett had a 75 while Rickie Fowler was sandwiched between the two Europeans on 76.
In his last six Majors, Fowler is a combined 27 over in the first round, including an 81 at Chambers Bay last year.