Westwood passes rain delay with soccer

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A 79-minute rain delay halted first round U.S. Open play Thursday and everyone had their own way of dealing with the time away from the course.

While many golfers were driven by cart back to the clubhouse, others had their paths cross with the media.

Paul Casey, Jason Dufner and Russell Knox went into media room and stayed there for the duration of the delay. Some were more outgoing than the others. This is no ordinary feat as more than 800 media members spanning 22 different countries were approved for media credentials.

Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood also exited the course through the media center but they did not stick around there but rather visit the media dining to watch the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer match between England and Wales.

With several media members in the room, the trio sat back and watched as the match went into stoppage time.

It was there that Daniel Sturridge scored on off three quick passes in the 92nd minute to net the game-winning goal.

The goal was a delight to the English Westwood, who smiled with delight and Donald told ESPN’s Michael Collins after the match ended that “I’m English again”.

Kaymer tried to get some food shortly after in the media dining area but was denied, not everything could go his way.

Shortly after as Donald stretched he got the word that it was time to head back to the course and so the trio all left to finish their rounds.

The driving range was closed with the rain in play so the players were all sent to their respective holes and were held in position until the horn blew signaling a restart of play, something which occurred at 11:23 a.m.

Update: The horn blew once again when heavy lightning hit. Play resumed at 2:33 p.m. There have been three hours and 45 minutes of delays thus far in round one.

Update #2: Play was officially suspended for the day at 4:38. The horn blew for the third stoppage of play at 3:51 p.m. while Scottie Scheffler was in the flash interview area.

Author: Zac Weiss

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