Oakmont set-up suits my game - Landry


Andrew Landry may be an unexpected early leader at the U.S. Open, but the world number 624 was not surprised by his impressive performance.

After reaching three under through 17 holes prior to play being suspended on a stormy opening day, Landry returned to the course early on Friday morning to convert a birdie chance on his final hole, the ninth, and complete a 66 - the lowest first-round score in U.S. Opens at Oakmont.

With half of the 156-strong field unable to even tee off on Thursday, Landry was quick to suggest other players may yet overhaul him by the time the first round is belatedly completed.

The PGA Tour rookie also revealed he was not shocked to have played so well, stating: "I told myself so many times over the years in my life that, if I get into the U.S. Open, if I get into Q school, I'll be able to make it. I'll be able to do fine.

"I think the U.S. Open just suits my game so well that I'm just able to manage these things because I'm not a guy that's going to go out and shoot 60 and 61 and 62. I'm just a consistent guy that's going to shoot 68 and make a lot of pars.

"I didn't make many birdies, but I just hung in there. It's a hard golf course, and that's the kind of golf courses that suit me really well."

Although only a handful of early starters had come in under par, Landry was expecting his position at the top of the leaderboard to come under threat with the difficult Oakmont course having been softened by so much rain.

"I am doing great, but there's 54 more holes left," he added. "Half the field hasn't even got off yet. We've got great players, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and those guys are about to tee it up. Who knows? They can go out and take advantage.

"I played Tuesday with [Jason] Dufner, and we work with the same coach. We played together, and I really hit the ball really good. I probably hit six shots really close. I was thinking to myself, you know, that's definitely doable now. With the greens being a little bit softer, it's definitely doable out here.

"It's definitely helped with the rain softening the course up. It's definitely playing a little bit easier, where you can hit it in there and hold shots into the greens and use the slopes to your advantage."

While many would perhaps be nervous on such a prestigious stage, Landry appeared relaxed as he discussed his plans ahead of his second round.

"I'm going to go do some laundry and take a nap," he said.