Seven-over-par first round of 77 puts Rory McIlroy under pressure in the US Open as rainfall leaves the second round a long way short of its scheduled completion
The good news is that round one of the 116 th US Open aimed. That was 33 hours after it had begun. In a nod towards the impact of torrential rainfall 11 entrants had transgressed par; only eight did that in the entire tournament when it was played here at Oakmont in 2007.
The dynamic of this US Open is not so much confusing as a proper puzzle. There are decent leaderboard positions, seemingly poor positions and a vast swath of players for whom both 36 -hole elimination and challenging for the tournament are potential reality.
Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Adam Scott were among those forced into playing two Friday rounds as tournament organisers played catch-up from the storm chaos that all but wiped out Thursday. Day amazingly spent the afternoon looking to mend injury from an earlier 76. Johnson, once again in a US Open, was considerably more prominent.
What can be said with certainty is that Rory McIlroy did not have 77, seven over par, in mind for the starting point to the second major of 2016. It is also a glaring fact that one event where conflicts of a technological nature will be brutally exposed is in a US Open. For McIlroy these matters are intrinsically linked.
So much of McIlroys form can be assessed by demeanour. At Oakmont the Northern Irishman has not looked at ease with the world. Two shoots on the 10 th hole of his first round a snap-hooked tee shoot and fairway wood carved right offered a snapshot of ongoing issues McIlroy was later and candidly willing to admit.
It is difficult for everyone but, whenever youre not really in control of what youre doing out there and struggling with your golf game … McIlroy said.
It was sort of compounded by the fact that it was so stop and start and I just really struggled. I merely need to focus on trying to hitting fairways and hitting greens. I suppose I make five fairways and eight greens out there, which obviously isnt going to do anything. Honestly Ive been struggling with my swinging, even in the practice rounds a little bit. I know what Im doing but its hard to change it out there. Its been hard to give it any sort of time this week to work on it.
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