US Open 2016 Day One: Highlight of the day

Someone actually finishing a round. It was a very frustrating opening day with numerous weather delays.

What was particularly tedious was the time it took for the hooter to sound to get play back underway even when it looked like the players were ready to go.

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 16: Zach Johnson of the United States; Jordan Spieth of the United States and Bryson DeChambeau of the United States wait for play to resume during a weather delay during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 16, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Apparently they had to wait until every single player was in position to resume their round and some holes are obviously further away from the clubhouse. It just added to the frustration though when we were shown pictures of players taking practise swing after practice swing while waiting for the official go ahead.

It was 8.40pm UK time when opening group Denny McCarthy, Aron Price and Mikael Lundberg finished up on the 18th green. They teed off 10 nearly hours earlier.

US Open 2016 Day One: Best shot

This slam-dunk effort from Matt Fitzpatrick was worthy of special mention.

US Open 2016 Day One: Worst shot

Rory McIlroy failing to find the fairway on the 353-yard second hole. Despite having an iron in his hand he still managed to find the fairway bunker and could only advance his second shot 17 yards. He then chunked his approach from 118 yards leaving 34ft for par. A bogey was almost flattering.

US Open 2016 Day One: Talking point

Play was suspended for the day at about 9.30pm UK time with half of the 156-player field yet to tee off.

This weather had been forecast but I’m not sure there was anything else the USGA could have done to get more players on to the course.

The big question now will be whether (no pun intended) they can make up enough time to finish the event by Sunday. If there is to be a halfway cut on Friday it would mean half the field playing 36 holes which seems unlikely.

We are surprised by

Unknown Americans Andrew Landry and Scottie Scheffler. Landry has never shot better than -3 on the PGA Tour but was five under through 16 holes. Unfortunately he went bogey-bogey after another rain delay and was left on -3 with one hole left to play.

Amateur Scheffler, 19, made it into the clubhouse on -1 with three birdies and two bogeys to his name.

We are not surprised by

High scores. All the build-up was about how brutal the rough was and how treacherous the greens were. So it was hardly a surprise to see so few players under par – particularly given the weather conditions and stop-start nature of the opening day’s play.

There were only seven players under par at the time of the last weather delay. Rickie Fowler and Byeong Hun-An were both six over par with a few holes to play.

Bernd Wiesberger was a shot worse through 15 holes.

Worst outfit

Luke Donald recently told he he thought Patrick Reed was the worst-dressed player on tour and the American did little to shake off that particular accolade.

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 16: Patrick Reed of the United States takes his second shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 16, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

However, we’re not too sure Donald is best-placed to comment looking at his Oakmont opening effort.

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 16: Luke Donald of England lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 16, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Commentary highlight

“There’s a lot of wet fannies out there” – Butch Harmon commenting on the spectators sat in the soggy grandstands. It was quickly translated to the UK equivalent by the Sky Sports commentary team. We call it a bum bag, Americans call it a fanny pack. Go figure.

Best tweets

Well done to for adding this caption. It kind of summed up the opening day’s play.

Every cloud and all that. England’s Lee Westwood and caddie Billy Foster were able to watch the Euro 2016 victory against Wales.

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