OAKMONT, Pa. – The moment, finally, was too big for Andrew Landry.
After contending for three rounds in the U.S. Open, the 624th-ranked player in the world shot 78 while playing in the final group of the day.
Landry tied for fifteenth place, his best ever finish on the PGA Tour while playing in his first-ever major championship. He collected $152,234 for his efforts.
“Gosh, everybody has just been – it’s just been awesome,” he said after all was complete. “I’m taking this as a positive.
“Walking down 18, I was like, ‘Man, I wish I could just take a picture of this because it’s like the coolest view from a player.’”
The good news is that Landry made par on each of the last eight holes. The bad news is that he was 8 over on the first 10 and completely out of the picture.
Again, none of that mattered. The man from Texas who went through local and sectional qualifying just to get here, was in contention for most of the championship and had the week of his dreams.
“I always wanted to be at the U.S. Open,” Landry said. “It’s just one of those. It’s a major. It’s our Kentucky Derby. It’s frickin’ awesome.
“It’s obviously one of the greatest moments of my life now, but I deserve to be here. I feel like I will be here multiple times for the rest of my career, and I feel like I’ll contend again.”