ARDMORE, Pa. — Patience, with the annual difficulty of the US Open venue and the way the US Golf Association sets up the course, is always an absolute must. It’ll play an even bigger, more important role this year because of the weather complications.
Due to Thursday’s twin delays – the first was for 3 ½ hours, the second 45 minutes – only half the field completed their first rounds, and even that took a while. Phil Mickelson, who shot 67, teed off at 7:10 a.m. and didn’t finish until almost 4 p.m. But it impacted all 156 players: Everyone had their round interrupted, either by one of the two weather delays, or at the end of the day, when darkness stopped play.