Keep that card
Scottie Scheffler: While other college kids his age are enjoying summer break, Scheffler showed Thursday he had no problem with a 6:45 a.m. tee time. The University of Texas junior birdied his first hole of the day, No. 10, and survived a pair of bogeys on long par-4s to finish his U.S. Open debut at 1-under-par 69 before the severe weather hit. It’s the lowest opening-round score in a U.S.Open at Oakmont by an amateur. Scheffler admitted after his round he battled awe-inspired nerves most of the day. “There’s a lot more going on around here than I’m used to,” he said.
Toss that card
Tom Hoge: Of the nine players who actually finished 18 holes Thursday, Hoge brings up the rear. The two-time Minnesota state amateur champion from Fargo played in the day’s second threesome off No. 1. By the time he made the turn Hoge was 6 over and went on to three-putt for double-bogey on No. 18 to finish with a disappointing 8-over 78.
On the course with …
Bryson DeChambeau: A physics major who approaches the game from a highly analytical point of view didn’t need a complex formula to figure out that Oakmont has its tough spots. Coming off making five threes in a row on his scorecard, DeChambeau put his tee shot in the rough on No. 18. He tried to pop it out with a long iron but instead the ball barely got off the ground and skidded into a bunker on the other side of the fairway. He made double bogey, his ninth of the day, then backed it up with another double on No. 1.
When the first wave of storms swept across Oakmont on Thursday morning, golfers were taken off the course to the nearest shelter. For some of them that meant going to the media center. Upon walking through the door Russell Knox was stopped by a security guard and asked for his credentials. “I’m a player,” Knox responded, a fact that was corroborated by a handful of scribes nearby.
• Some members of the Stanley Cup champion Penguins, including captain Sidney Crosby, spent the day at Oakmont. And they brought sport’s most famous trophy along for the ride. During the rain delays, several players posed for photos with the Cup. “That’s incredible, thank you!” Matt Kuchar beamed into a Fox Sports camera after his moment.
• The delay was the worst at a U.S. Open since Bethpage Black in 2009, when no one completed the first round.
• Masters champion Danny Willett, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler could not get off the course soon enough. They played in the same group and were a combined 14 over through 13 holes.
Par-4, 477-yard No. 9: It’s a small sample size, yes, but on a U.S. Open Thursday where five players were under par in the first hour of play the ninth bit back. Of the 42 players to finish No. 9 there were 25 bogeys or worse.
Quote of the day
“I don’t think the heavy stuff is coming down til later.”
— DeChambeau, 22, channeling his inner-Carl Spackler and quoting “Caddyshack, ” a movie that came out 13 years before he was born
Tweet of the day
“Just glad I picked Jim Cantore in my U.S. Open pool.”
— ESPN.com senior golf writer Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN)
Round 1 is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time with 147 players yet to finish. There is no more rain in the forecast but a nearly full washout Thursday means Friday (and Saturday, and Sunday) will be grueling playing days on a course with wet rough that’s been baking in the sun. Expect scores to soar. FS1 begins coverage at 7 a.m.