OAKMONT, Pa. – So far, the 116th U.S. Open has been a marathon.
Three separate rain delays in the first round have made for a long day Friday, and Saturday will be no different at Oakmont Country Club. Play began at 7 a.m. and will continue until darkness sets in just before 9 p.m. as tournament organizers attempt to get the event as close to on schedule as possible.
The good news is, weather delays are a thing of the past. Saturday and Sunday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures approaching 90 degrees.
Here are three more things to know about Day Three of the U.S. Open:
1. A total of 105 players still need to finish their second round, including 78 who haven't even started it yet. A couple of marquee players have done so early Saturday, with Phil Mickelson making a pair of pars to finish off a round of 3-over 73. Coupled with an opening 74, Mickelson is likely to miss the cut, ending his chance at completing the career grand slam.
World No. 1 Jason Day finished off a round of 1-under 69 that should sneak him inside the cut. He's at 5-over for the tournament, and early projections have the cut at 6-over.
2. The third round won't finish Saturday. After the field is cut to the low 60 and ties, players will be paired in threesomes and go off both tees. If the last group completing the second round finishes at about 2 p.m., the third round will start at about 3 p.m. Depending on the number of players who make the cut, leaders won't go off until about 75 minutes after that – so there's no chance they'll finish before dark. That will set up another long day Sunday.
3. There are scores to be had. The conditions are expected to get tougher as the course dries out, but as Daniel Summerhays showed Friday with a 5-under 65, Oakmont can be there for the taking if a player is on his game. Louis Oosthuizen showed that Saturday morning, matching Summerhays' score. Oosthuizen is even for the tournament after shaving 10 shots off his opening-round score with rounds of 75 and 65.