FRIDAY of the US Open began without spectators as the USGA prevented ticket holders from entering the venue until it was safe to do so.
The sun came out at Oakmont Country Club after the third and final weather delay on Thursday, but the rain set in again overnight and the course was soaked with more water.
The first tee times on Friday were 7:30am (local time), however the spectators who arrived early lined-up down Hulton Road as the players began to finally complete their first rounds.
Earlier in the morning, the USGA released a statement confirming there would be no fans to cheer the players on Friday morning.
“The campus received 0.52 inches [13 millimetres] of rain after 9:00pm last evening, making several passageways and parking lots impassable at this time,” read the statement.
The USGA eventually opened the gates to spectators at 8:00am and the sold-out crowd began flowing into the grounds and lining the fairways.
Leader Andrew Landry only had one shot to hit on Friday morning, a birdie putt on the 9th hole, and he was asked after his round whether he had experienced such a silent birdie.
“Yes, many times. It’s called the mini tours,” joked Landry.
“I got a text or something about they weren’t letting spectators or something out here at a certain point in time. I think it’s still wet or something. So, it doesn’t matter.”
In total, 30 millimetres of rain fell during the day at Oakmont and a further 28 at night.
Though, the forecast for the Pittsburgh area is positive for the rest of the tournament, with no more rain forecast and sunny skies predicted for Saturday and Sunday.
The second round of the US Open will be completed on Saturday morning (local time) and the USGA still plan to play three-balls for the third round on Saturday and two-balls for the final round on Sunday.
Loooong line outside Oakmont CC for US Open as fans awaiting ok to enter even as play has resumed. pic.twitter.com/VXiCy9cXv4- Tom D'Angelo (@ tomdangelo44) June 17, 2016
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