OAKMONT, Pa. – If there's a major championship, but no fans are there to see it, did it really happen?
That was briefly the situation Friday at the U.S. Open, as more overnight rain fell at Oakmont Country Club.
As a result, several passageways and parking lots became impassable, so spectator gates were briefly closed. However, the United States Golf Association announced at 8 a.m. Friday that the gates were open.
Here are four more things to know about Day Two at the season's second major championship:
1. The first round is back underway. Even without spectators, play resumed at 7:30 a.m. Friday. A total of 69 players need to complete their first round, then the afternoon wave that got washed out entirely needs to begin theirs before the second round can start.
2. Leader Andrew Landry dropped his birdie putt to finish with a 4-under 66 in the first round – the lowest score of his PGA Tour career and the lowest opening-round score ever recorded in a U.S. Open at Oakmont. Landry's score is one better than the 67 carded by both Ben Hogan (in 1953) and Gary Player (1973). Not bad company.
3. Oakmont received 0.52 inches of rain after 9 p.m. Thursday night, bringing the total since Wednesday night up to more than 2.8 inches. The good news is there is no more rain in the forecast. That much rain should soften up conditions considerably, making it a good bet that there will be lower scores than what the USGA wants. If a player can drive his ball straight, he can aim at flags and put up a good number.
4. The "draw" advantage looks like it belongs to those who were supposed to go off Thursday afternoon. They didn't have to deal with any of the stops and starts Thursday, and get to take full advantage of the soft conditions Friday. They'll play a lot of golf on Day Two, but will do so under ideal scoring conditions.
5. For those stuck at work, Fox Sports 1's television broadcast began at 8 a.m. Friday. Streaming is available on usopen.com. As always, just hide it from your boss.