Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen prepared the ground on the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines after fog delays resulted in a fifth of the sphere nonetheless being left to finish their first spherical.
A 90-minute delay to the beginning of play meant 36 gamers didn’t end due to fading gentle, and should come again early immediately (Friday) to complete their rounds and hopefully begin their second, though additional fog is predicted on the clifftop California course.
Henley’s four-under par opening 66 was ok for the clubhouse lead, whereas Oosthuizen can also be on 4 beneath, however nonetheless has the seventeenth and 18th gap to play. Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello lead European hopes on three beneath par.
Two-time winner Brooks Koepka completed on two beneath, whereas defending champion Bryson DeChambeau ended up on two over. Rory McIlroy rushed to complete, jogging up the final earlier than rolling in a birdie, to card a one-under 70.
World No.3 Jon Rahm additionally accomplished his spherical simply earlier than darkness descended, parring the ninth to signal for a 69 and sit alongside Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Individuals Xander Schauffele and Hayden Buckley.
Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Richard Bland all completed their rounds on one beneath, whereas Lee Westwood and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre are one again after carding 71s.
US PGA champion Phil Mickelson, chasing a profession grand slam, bought off to a gradual begin and completed his opening spherical on 4 over and should go low over the subsequent three rounds if he’s to do one higher than his six runner-up finishes on this occasion.
Play is scheduled to renew at 2.50pm UK time, though extra morning fog is forecast on the Pacific coast.
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