OAKMONT, Pa. – The current leader of the 116th U.S. Open sounds like a guy who's been there before.
Never mind that Andrew Landry is ranked 624th in the world, and is making his major championship debut.
"I think the U.S. Open just suits my game so well," Landry said after making a 10-foot birdie putt Friday morning to finish off a round of 4-under 66. "I'm not a guy that's going to go out and shoot 60 and 61 and 62. I'm just a consistent guy that's going to shoot 68 and make a lot of pars."
So much for any outward signs of nervousness.
"I'm going to go do some laundry and take a nap," Landry said of his Friday plans.
Landry was the definition of consistency last week in Memphis, when he finished tied for 41st in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, to date his best career finish in 11 PGA Tour starts. Over the first two rounds, he made 31 pars in 36 holes. He finished the tournament 1-over, and shot three rounds of even-par 70. That's the definition of U.S. Open golf.
Landry had an unusual circumstance in which he returned Friday morning to play just one shot – his birdie putt on the ninth green, which was his final hole of the first round after starting on the back nine.
"I just kind of thought about it this morning a little bit," he said. "I read the putt yesterday. I knew what it was doing. I knew it was a cup and a half out tot he right, so no big break. It was a pretty easy putt to make if you get the speed right."
By doing so, Landry became the first player to shoot 66 in the opening round of a U.S. Open at Oakmont – besting rounds of 67 by Ben Hogan in 1953 and Gary Player in 1973 (as well as Lee Westwood this year). That's pretty good company to keep.
"That's pretty cool," said Landry, doing his best to downplay things. "I told myself so many times over the years in my life, 'if I get into the U.S. Open ... I'll be able to make it.' I'll be able to do fine."
So far, that's been the truth.
Landry said he hit about 50 putts when he arrived Friday morning. Asked if he's ever made a birdie like that and heard no applause – fans weren't let in until 30 minutes after play had started – he quickly responded, "yes, many times. It's called the mini tours."