Bubba has 'good day' despite bad weather at brutal Oakmont

Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:38pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The last time Bubba Watson played a U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, he finished at nine-over par to earn a share of fifth place so he always knew he was in for a tough time in this week's edition.

The American left-hander, renowned for his brilliant shot-making, produced both good and bad on the challenging par-70 layout to end a weather-disrupted first round on Thursday one stroke off the early lead with four holes to play.

"I just kept fighting," twice Masters champion Watson told reporters after mixing five birdies with three bogeys to get to two under before play was suspended for the day with only nine players completing the opening round.

"You don't really think about the mistakes or the bogeys because everybody's going to make bogeys out here. The golf course is that difficult."

Watson was the only player among the early starters who managed to birdie the 258-yard par-three eighth, saying with a smile: "I got lucky and made a 30-footer.

"It was a good day. Obviously, I wish I could have finished ... but it will be some good rest and then just get ready and play the last few holes.

"Hopefully we can get the golf in tomorrow as well," he said after a frustrating day that included three weather interruptions.

Nine years ago, when the U.S. Open was last played at Oakmont, Watson's 289 total gave him a share of fifth place, his best finish in the championship.   Continued...

Jun 16, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports