The Latest: USGA  'no-talk' policy tested during rain delay

The Latest: USGA 'no-talk' policy tested during rain delay

Published Jun. 16, 2016 12:46 p.m. ET

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):

11:23 a.m.

Play resumed at the U.S. Open after an hour, 19-minute rain delay that produced a few awkward moments.

When the wave of storms swept across Oakmont, golfers were taken off the course to the nearest shelter, which for some of them meant going to the media center.


Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer headed to media dining to watch Euro 2016.

But it led to one peculiar policy. Media are not allowed in the locker room during rain delays. As a reporter was having a casual conversation with Marc Leishman, a USGA official politely cut off the conversation because the media center was considered the locker room.

''Mate, we're fine, just having a chat,'' Leishman said, but to no avail.

Russell Knox was happy to have shelter. Walking into the door, a security guard stopped him and asked for his credentials.

''I'm a player,'' Knox said.


10:15 a.m.

A second wave of rainstorms swept across Oakmont Country Club early in Round 1, forcing a suspension of play. Surprise leader Andrew Landry, a Tour player ranked No. 624 in the world, was among the few golfers to take advantage of the softer conditions. He was at 3 under, leading four others at 2 under.


9:48 a.m.

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, 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 down the treacherous greens.

Also at 2-under in the early going were Kevin Streelman, Danny Lee and Lee Westwood.


7:55 a.m.

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 in the forecast for the afternoon.