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Landry (66) bests Player, Hogan at Oakmont

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Andrew Landry had more than 15 hours to think about his 10-footer to post the best opening round ever at an Oakmont Open.

“It was a pretty easy putt to make if you get the speed right,” he said.

He sure doesn’t sound – or look – like a guy playing in his first major.

The unheralded PGA Tour rookie, ranked No. 624 in the world with no finish inside the top 40 this season, calmly rolled in the right-to-left slider to open with a 4-under 66. That mark bettered the opening 67s shot by Ben Hogan (1953 U.S. Open) and Gary Player (1973 U.S. Open). 

Landry has a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood as the second wave gets underway.

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Now, the 28-year-old will have about 24 hours off – his second round won't begin until Saturday morning, at a time to be determined.

Landry moved to 5 under in his first round Thursday before a pair of late bogeys. He hit a 190-yard 7-iron to 10 feet on the ninth hole, his last of the day, but his group was unable to finish before officials blew the horn for the third and final time.

With play scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday, it was another early wakeup call for Landry. (His group was off at 6:56 a.m. Thursday.) He knew exactly what his putt would do, starting his ball about a cup and a half outside the right, on greens that had been slowed by nearly three inches of rain in the past 36 hours.

Making the scene even more eerie, spectators weren’t allowed on the property once play resumed, with some of the pathways still under water.

When asked whether he’d ever birdied the last hole and heard virtually nothing, Landry had a one-liner ready:

“Yes, many times,” he said. “It’s called the mini-tours.”