Rookie Landry staying patient at Oakmont


With the weather causing all sorts of problems at Oakmont, U.S. Open rookie and unexpected leader Andrew Landry knows he has to remain patient.

Half of the 156-man field did not tee off as Thursday's opening round was abandoned due to torrential rain in Pennsylvania.

Landry was among those fortunate to take to the notoriously challenging course, with the 624th-ranked American atop the leaderboard at three under through 17 holes.

After two previous rain delays, tournament officials called a premature halt to proceedings late in the afternoon as Landry set up a birdie opportunity following a fine approach at the ninth before players were ordered off the course.

"I was on the last there, and I told Kevin [Ensor, caddie] I heard it thunder when we were in the fairway, and I hit a good shot there," he told reporters.

"We kind of had a little bit of a wait there with a fellow competitor, whatever. I was trying to get it in.

"We were trying really hard, but it's hard, when you've got a couple 60-footers out here, and it's the U.S. Open. So you've just got to stay patient with it."

Asked about the stop-start round, Landry added: "It was tough. Just kind of kept to myself, had my family here with me, and just kind of kept to myself, went to the locker room, stayed by myself, talked with my caddie a little bit, and turned my phone off.

"Had my phone off the whole time. It was good to just kind of be by myself and just take it all in."