Cape Town – Thomas Aiken was the only South African able to
get started at the US Open at Oakmont on Thursday as multiple weather delays
made for a chaotic first round.
Little-known American Andrew Landry (-3 after 17 holes) clung to a
one-shot lead when play was suspended for the day.
Only nine players finished their first round on Thursday and
this field was led by 19-year-old American amateur Scottie Scheffler, who
carded a one-under par 69.
Aiken, who played his first US Open last year, struggled on the unforgiving Oakmont course and was 7 over par after 15 holes and currently lies tied for 68th spot.
The six other South Africans in the field – Jaco van Zyl,
Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Retief Goosen – were unable to start their first round due to the inclement weather.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth (+1 after 11 holes) and world No 3 Rory McIlroy (+4 after 13 holes)
failed to gain much traction, and will only hope to turn things around when
they return to finish their first rounds on Friday.
World No 1 Jason Day and five-time major-winner Phil
Mickelson also didn’t tee off as three separate delays halted play for more
than four and a half hours.
Completed scores on Thursday in the weather-disrupted first round of the 116th
US Open Golf Championship at Oakmont (Round to resume Friday, with 2nd
round to follow) (a-denotes amateur):
69 – a-Scottie Scheffler (USA)
73 – Derek Fathauer (USA)
75 – Mikael Lundberg (SWE)
76 – Denny McCarthy, Aron Price (AUS), Andres Gonzales (USA), Mike Van Sickle (USA)
77 – a-Nick Hardy (USA)
78 – Tom Hoge (USA)