U.S. Open first-round play suspended due to rain
Thunderstorms have hit the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, and play has been suspended for the day due to rain.
A Thursday afternoon downpour led to a third delay that eventually halted play for good.
Round 1 is expected to resume at 7:30 a.m. ET on Friday, with the first wave of Round 2 players slated to tee off at 1:45 p.m.
From there (and weather permitting), the plan is to get players back onto the course to complete the second round at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday and finishing a little after 1 p.m. that afternoon. At that point, the cut will be made, allowing Round 3 to begin at 1:45 p.m. Saturday and hopefully be completed that day so that the final round could be played Sunday.
Only nine players were able to finish the full 18 holes in Thursday's first round with the three rain delays, including Scottie Scheffler, who sat at 1 under and hopes to catch Game 6 of the NBA Finals before the second round:
Play was first suspended at 10:04 a.m. ET and resumed 79 minutes later, only to be halted a second time at 12:07 p.m. for 78 minutes before a thunderstorm stopped play for the third and final time.
“It’s obviously a frustrating day having to keep coming off,” said Lee Westwood, who is 1 under through 13 holes. “But there’s nothing you can do about the weather.”
The lengthy rain delays meant players such as Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and the other half of the field didn't even play the first round on Thursday. Which could result in some having to play 36 holes at Oakmont on Friday.
The coverage for the U.S. Open Championship will begin Friday at 8 a.m. ET on FS1.