Andrew Landry, 624th in world rankings, early US Open leader
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):
Andrew Landry was shining early at Oakmont, even if the sun wasn't.
Ranked No. 624 in the world and playing in his first U.S. Open after surviving local qualifying in Memphis, Tennessee, Landry led four other golfers at 2 under after an impressive 33 on his first nine. While overnight rains softened Oakmont's fairways, and overcast skies kept them that way, the inch of rain did little to slow the treacherous greens.
Also at 2 under in the early going were Kevin Streelman, Danny Lee and Lee Westwood.
More than an inch of rain that fell overnight washed away a little of the trepidation at Oakmont.
The U.S. Open began on a course that was softer than it has been all week as players feared no one would break par by the end of the week. Aron Price of Australia was in the first group and rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the opening hole.
More telling was Denny McCarthy. His approach on No. 1 stopped short of the green. That's rare because the fairway is downhill to a super slick green that runs away from the player.
Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were among those playing in the morning.
More thunderstorms were forecast for the afternoon.