The first day of the U.S. Open was an emotional rollercoaster for many of the golfers, thanks to the three weather delays and eventual cancellation of the tournament.
One of the golfers most affected by the stop and go motions of the day was Rory McIlroy who just could not get his groove back after the first horn blown.
When you hear the horn stop play again … pic.twitter.com/njuBq5shta
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2016
Many of the professionals who struggled Thursday blamed not being able to warm up after that first hour delay. The golfers had to go right back on to the course without really getting back into their usual routine, which threw a lot of them off. Danny Willett was another golfer who was not happy with the turn of events Thursday, both him and McIlroy sat at four over par at the time.
“That was a bad one,” said Willett. “We sat in a cabin for an hour and ten minutes behind the seventh tee without being given a chance to hit any balls or do anything. It’s not like you are playing a Sunday medal, you’re in a US Open, (but) they don’t give you a chance to even hit a few balls.”
On the other hand, the delays didn’t affect everyone. Dark horse Andrew
Laundry, excuse me LANDRY, did not seem to have any trouble at all. He finished the first round by carding an almost impossible 66, shooting the lowest score at Oakmont in nine U.S. Opens.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 17, 2016
Rory McIlroy finished the first round at seven over par, carding a 77. He needs to really go super saiyan on Oakmont today to make the cut.
With the second round now underway, the trophy is still anyone’s to win.