AMERICAN Andrew Landry is the surprise leader of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club after solid round of 4-under 66.
The 28-year-old, who is playing his first year on the PGA Tour after graduating from the secondary Web.com Tour last year, needed to finish his final hole on Friday morning after playing 17 holes on a tumultuous Thursday.
Landry hasn’t had the best time on Tour as a rookie, missing six cuts in his 11 starts and only a best-finish of T41 at last week’s St Jude Classic in Memphis.
However, at Oakmont he was the player on everyone’s lips as he raced up the leaderboard and was Thursday’s surprise package before he finally hit his last putt of the round on Friday morning.
“Just one of those rounds that comes to you not once in a lifetime,” Landry said after his round was completed.
“But it comes to you once or twice, three times a month, and I'm lucky it was in the first round of the US Open.”
The American also earned a little slice of history, shooting the lowest first round score at a US Open held at Oakmont, the original record was 67 and shared by legends of the game Ben Hogan and Gary Player.
Landry broke that record after two bogeys and were cancelled out by six birdies, the last of which he holed with his only shot of Friday as the final weather delay on Thursday was called just after he hit his successfully approach into the 9th green.
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“I read the putt yesterday. I knew what it was doing,” Landry said.
“I knew it was a cup and a half out to the right, so no big break. It was a pretty easy putt to make if you get the speed right.
“So 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.”
The overnight rain in the local Pittsburgh and Oakmont area meant the course was still wet when the players arrived on course this morning.
There were no fans on the course when Landry eventually holed his birdie putt as the USGA kept them outside the gates for half-an-hour because much of the course was inaccessible after the battering from mother nature.
But the weather is predicted to improve dramatically over the weekend and should see the Oakmont course return to it’s more infamous nature.
“Game plan stays the same,” Landry replied when asked if he would change anything because of the conditions.
“The most important part out here is just to hit the fairway. You hit the fairway, you're going to have a good opportunity to make a good iron shot and potentially set yourself up for a great opportunity for birdie.”
Although they don’t compare to a major championship, Landry already as three professional wins to his name with two on the mini-tour Adams Pro Tour and a five-stroke Web.com Tour victory over Australian Stephen Allan at last year’s Karibana Championship.
Landry holds a one shot lead over Englishman Lee Westwood, who also finished his first round on Thursday and ended his day with back-to-back birdies on the 8th and 9th holes to reach 3-under.
Both players won't return to the course again until Saturday morning (local time) when they begin their second rounds.
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