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Day 1 at the U.S. Open, by the numbers

June 16, 2016

Breaking down the numbers on the weather-delayed first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont:

0: Previous starts in major championships by Andrew Landry, 28, who made three consecutive birdies to get to five under par through 13 holes before two bogeys left him in the lead at three under through 17. He’s got a 10-foot birdie putt left on his final hole, the ninth, for a 66 when play resumes.

1: Strokes over par by Jordan Spieth, the defending champion, through 11 holes. “Completely different golf course than we played in the practice round,” Spieth said. “I mean, night and day.”

2: Strokes under par through 14 by Bubba Watson, who was T-5 at Oakmont in 2007 and is a stroke out of the lead after making the only birdie of the day at the 258-yard, par-3 eighth: “I got lucky and made a 30-footer.”

3: Weather delays before play was called for the day.

4: Strokes over par by Rory McIlroy (through 13) and Masters champion Danny Willett (through 12), each with one birdie and five bogeys. Willett on the delays: “You can appreciate they’re trying to get as many holes in as possible, but sometimes you just have to call it a day and come back.”

6: Strokes over par by Rickie Fowler through 12, after going 80-73 to miss the cut at the Masters. Fowler’s tweet: “Oakmont is hard enough if you hit the fairway…have to drive it better! Looking 4ward to relaxing and getting back after it in the morning!”

9: Rounds completed when play was suspended for the day, versus 78 players who still had not started. Among those who didn’t hit a shot on Thursday: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Angel Cabrera, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.

19: Age of Scottie Scheffler, one of 11 amateurs in the field, who shot a first-round 69 to become the early leader in the clubhouse. None of the 12 amateurs in the 2007 Open at Oakmont made the cut. “I was excited to get done on 18,” said Scheffler, who turns 20 on Tuesday. “I tapped in like a 2½-footer kind of quickly, which maybe wasn’t the smartest idea. I wanted our group to get done so we didn’t have to come back in the morning because we were up at 4 a.m.”

74.73: Field scoring average thus far at par-70 Oakmont, versus an average of 75.72 for all four rounds in 2007.

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