Johnson, Landry take different paths to U.S. Open lead

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It was a busy day at Oakmont Country Club as golfers tried to make up for over four hours of stoppage due to weather conditions. When the horn sounded at 8:42 p.m Friday night, it was Dustin Johnson and Andrew Landry each atop the U.S. Open leaderboard.

It was two completely different stories for Johnson and Landry which allowed each to get to their current position.

All Landry did was made a 10-foot putt on the ninth hole, his last of the day and his day was done as he finished off a 4-under par 66, the lowest ever first round score at Oakmont Country Club.

“Just one of those rounds that comes to you not once in a lifetime, but it comes to you once or twice, three times a month, and I’m lucky it was in the first round of the U.S. Open,” Landry said.

Landry then got to sleep as what was supposed to be the afternoon wave Thursday tried to squeeze in 36 holes before the horn sounded.

Johnson was able to get his two rounds in and likely will not tee off until late Saturday afternoon as a result.

If the holes took a physical toll on Johnson he did not let on as he only had one bogey which came in his second round on the 1st hole snapping a streak of 27 consecutive bogey-free holes. The first hole has been the toughest thus far in second round play.

Johnson hit 25 consecutive greens at one point in his day and shot a 3-under par 67 in round one and 1-under par 69 in the second round.

He hit 20 of 28 fairways and 31 of 36 greens overall on the day.

“It was a long day today, but I felt like I played really solid all day for all 36 holes,” Johnson said. “I drove it really well, and hit a lot of great iron shots. I felt like I rolled the putter really nicely too. So very pleased with how it went today.”

Johnson was able to two putt for par on the ninth hole to end his day. The horn blew prior to his birdie putt but with play suspended to darkness, he had the option to finish the current hole and did so.

The round of the day went to Daniel Summerhays who fired a 5-under par 65. He felt good even after his 4-over par 74 earlier Friday morning but was able turn his second round into a nine stroke gain.

“That was a round to remember,” said Summerhays. “I need to think a lot about that round, just sear it right into my memory. I think at any level and in any profession, you always go through times where you feel like you’re inadequate or you, you know, you’re not good enough. That round today is definitely going to be one that I can push the replay button on at times where you don’t feel like you quite have it, that was really special for sure.”

Sergio Garcia who played with Johnson, and Scott Piercy each finished their second rounds and are at 2-under par.

Shot of the day:

The ditches on 9 rarely get involved in play, but they are still there and played a role in Sergio Garcia’s second shot. Garcia made the risky play of attempting to hit out of the fairway and accomplished that as his momentum carried him sideways through the shot. He then hit his third shot to 50 feet and converted the par putt. The ninth hole was the hardest in round one and second hardest through play thus far in round two.

He said it:

“My legs. I’m too old for this.” – Sergio Garcia who just got two rounds of play completed in one day prior to the horn sounding

“I used to be star stuck, but that’s over now. I believe in my ability now that I should be up there, that’s the way I look at it.” – Russell Knox who finished at even par after one round

I’ve got to be careful here because my mom’s — a lot of my mom’s family are Welsh. But I will say that I should not be biting my nails with 15 minutes left, thinking can we get a winner against Wales? Yeah, that wasn’t careful at all. I’ve gotten myself in trouble with a few people there.” – Lee Westwood describing the England vs Wales Euro 2016 football match.

Tweet of the day

Leaderboard through play Friday

Andrew Landry shakes hands with his caddie, Kevin Ensor, after finishing his first round of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Friday, June 17, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Michael Cohen)
Andrew Landry shakes hands with his caddie, Kevin Ensor, after finishing his first round of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Friday, June 17, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Michael Cohen)

T1. Dustin Johnson -4 F

T1. Andrew Landry (7:11 second round tee time)

3. Lee Westwood (8:28 second round tee time)

T4. Sergio Garcia -2 F

T4. Scott Piercy -2 F

T4. Shane Lowry -2 (8:50 second round tee time)

T7. Daniel Summerhays -1 F

T7. Andy Sullivan -1 F

T7. Jim Furyk -1 (*17)

T7. Bubba Watson -1 (8:06 second round tee time)

T7. Danny Lee -1 (8:28 second round tee time)

T7. Kevin Streelman -1 (7:44 second round tee time)

T7. Scottie Scheffler -1 (7:00 second round tee time)

A note: These times were posted at the conclusion of play Friday. Times may have changed prior to play Saturday.

Chris Pohl also contributed to this article

Author: Zac Weiss

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