U.S. Open golf 2016: Andrew Landry leads rain-shortened first round at Oakmont

Written By Alec Brzezinski
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Rain and lightning dominated the day at Oakmont on Thursday as the first round of the U.S. Open was cut short after the third stoppage of play.

Andrew Landry, 28, burst out of the gates with five birdies in his first 13 holes. The Arkansas grad, ranked 624th in the world, bogeyed two holes after the second weather delay to drop back to 3 under, but he holds the lead by one shot over Bubba Watson and Danny Lee.

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Despite the shaky weather, Landry looked calm and determined Thursday. Still without a top-25 finish on the PGA Tour in his career, Landry might be one of the most unlikely first-round leaders in the field.

But Landry also has a chance for birdie on his final hole when play resumes on Friday.

Watson made headlines early on Thursday when he drained an 80-foot putt on the par-4 10th hole for his third straight birdie. Watson, who still has four holes left in his first round, has five birdies and three bogeys through 14 holes.

Lee didn't get a lot of attention Thursday, but the talented New Zealander is 2 under through 13 holes without a bogey on his scorecard. 

Missing from the top of the leaderboard are some of the game's brightest stars. Jordan Spieth, the defending champion, is currently 1 over in a tie for 16th. Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Danny Willett are 4 over and quickly falling out of contention. Rickie Fowler was the worst of them all. The 27-year-old is 6 over through 12 holes. 

Lee Westwood leads a group of four players tied for fourth at 1 under. The Englishman, who has carried the mantle of greatest player never to win a major for over a decade, made an eagle on the par-4 14th.

Harris English, Kevin Streelman and amateur Scottie Scheffler, who finished his round as the leader in the clubhouse, are also at 1 under.

Oakmont was in fabulous condition before the torrential rain came rumbling through. The greens were quick and the fairways were green. The course will lose a bit of its bite with the water soaking up the greens, but the rough will be thicker and scores should remain high.

The afternoon wave never got to tee off in Round 1, but that just makes for a more entertaining final three days as the weather forecast is much more promising.

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