Sunday Morning Fathers Day at The Open
Saturday at the Open was a bit confusing. For most golf fans with some players finishing their full 2nd rounds from Friday and others playing a full 18 holes, who last played Thursday morning. Finally by 2pm on Saturday all players had completed two rounds of play and the USGA had 67 players making the cut line at 6 over par. In the next hour once again the USGA had an army of maintenance staff out on the course to cut the greens, freshen bunkers and move pin positions for the start of the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship. The third round starting tee times on Saturday afternoon for the 67 players who made the cut started at 3PM, the final grouping with Dustin Johnson leading at -4 and Scott Piercy and Andrew Landry did not go off until After 5PM.
In the third round the USGA tried desperately to set up the course fast and hard but it was impossible with the amount of rain that fell over the last few days. The third round yielded more birdies than any round so far, a true moving day at the 2016 Open with leaderboard completely changing by days end. Dustin Johnson who had command of his game in rounds 1 & 2 ran into trouble on the par 4 third hole with a double bogy, he came back with a birdie on 4 but bogged 6 and 10 to drop from the top of the leaderboard. Johnson carded a needed birdie on 15 to get it back to -3. Andrew Landry the leader after day one at -4 had dropped back in his second round to even par before making 3 birdies in the morning on Saturday to finish one shot off the lead. In Saturdays third round the Open rookie held it to even par finishing the at -3 tied for second with Dustin Johnson after three rounds.
Saturday was all about Shane Lowry, the burley Irishman who started his third round 2 back of Johnson made 7 birdies in his round with only two bogies on the day and carded a 65 to take the overall lead after three rounds at -7, leaving Dustin Johnson and the sound Andrew Landry back 4 shots going into Sunday. It was a turn of events that almost no one expected, especially the USGA who tried their very best to make Oakmont play tougher. Of the 6 players in red figures alone the were 25 birdies and two eagles made on Saturday, unheard of in any US Open since Congressional in 2011. It was a scoring frenzy to say the least and the course was out there for the taking. Many players were making birdies out of the rough off the tee as the course was not as difficult because of weather once again like Congressional in 2011, when Rory ran away with the Championship.
This morning the USGA maintenance staff was out early to set up Oakmont hard, fast and penalizing for todays final round. For the last three days they have been scrabbling to keep up with weather and spectator safety issues with little or no time between rounds to work on much but the basics to get play restarted. Today the USGA will have that time needed to tweak the course with tee times not starting until 10AM and final groups not going off until 3:30 pm. It is warm, sunny and no chance of rain at Oakmont today with light winds, so players are expecting to be able to score, lets see what the USGA has in store for them.
Tee Times For Sunday