Johnson holds clubhouse lead at weather-hit U.S. Open

Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:13pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson ended a marathon Friday at the weather-disrupted U.S. Open with the clubhouse lead, carding one-under-par 69 shortly before second-round play was suspended for the day in fading light.

The long-hitting American, who missed a three-foot putt at the final hole to hand last year's U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth, produced superb form from tee to green to post a four-under total of 136 at Oakmont Country Club.

Also at four-under was surprise first round leader Andrew Landry, a PGA Tour rookie who will only start the second round on Saturday morning after the year's second major championship was knocked off schedule by multiple thunderstorms on Thursday.

Johnson could have been further ahead as he missed several birdie putts from 10 feet and in on a sun-splashed afternoon and had to settle for a two-shot advantage over compatriot Scott Piercy (70) and Spaniard Sergio Garcia (70).

England's Andy Sullivan (68) was a further stroke back with American Daniel Summerhays, who fired the best score of the week with a seven-birdie 65 to surge up the leaderboard.

Among the big names at Oakmont, Australian Adam Scott was even after 15 holes, while world number one Jason Day, playing in the same group, was five over.

Fifty-one players completed the second round on Friday.

Spieth (first-round 72) and third-ranked Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (77) are among half the field who will start the second round on Saturday.   Continued...

 
Jun 17, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Dustin Johnson hits his second shot on the 2nd hole during the continuation of the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports