As first round of U.S. Open bleeds into second day, Louis Oosthuizen makes a late charge

After a 90-minute fog delay, there was a healthy mix of both opportunities and ways to card big numbers on opening day at the U.S. (...)

As first round of U.S. Open bleeds into second day, Louis Oosthuizen makes a late charge

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Open is billed as the toughest tournament in golf, exacting pain and potential humiliation to anyone in the field. In many cases, just saying the course names out loud elicits a cringe from players, like saying “Voldemort” in Harry Potter’s wizarding world.

“Oakmont, Winged Foot, Oakland Hills.” Shhhh!

Torrey Pines South Course does not instill the same fear, but its length, thick rough and tricky poa annua greens command the respect of every player in the field here at the 121st U.S. Open. After a 90-minute delay due to fog and a marine layer that drifted over the course overnight, there was a healthy mix of both opportunities and ways to card big numbers.

Playing in the afternoon group (which turned into the night shift), Louis Oosthuizen did what he often does in big events: arrive under the radar and work up the leaderboard. He birdied 16, 17 and 18 to close his first nine holes at 3 under par. Then, as the marine layer returned to cover the blue sky, and temperatures dropped, he drained an 11-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole to reach 4 under. After making pars on the following two holes, darkness suspended play. He will return Friday morning to play Nos. 8 and 9 and complete his opening round.

The name beside Oosthuizen’s at the top of the leaderboard is somewhat surprising: Russell Henley. The 32-year-old from Macon, Georgia, has skipped the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, played here at Torrey Pines, every year since 2014. His 4-under 67 in the morning group is 12 shots better than his last round on the South course seven years ago.

“I shot 79 on the South Course,” Henley said after signing his card on Thursday. “I don’t really remember (much about that round) besides just leaving the course feeling like I just got beat up.”

Henley said that he has been playing well and is happy with his game, but he knows there is a long way to go.

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“I’ve played some good golf in some bigger events in the last year,” he pointed out. “But in terms of putting four rounds together at a U.S. Open, I’ve struggled with that. So I’m just going to keep trying.”

Italy’s Francesco Molinari, the winner of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie, is tied for third with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello after shooting a 3-under 68.

“I haven’t played recently, so it’s nice to get off to a good start,” Molinari said. “But there’s a long way to go, so like I said, start over tomorrow like nothing happened today.”

Among the players who shot 2-under 69s are Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm and two-time U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka.

“I’ve just got a good game plan, focused, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t try to do anything I can’t,” Koepka said. “It’s just all about discipline in a U.S. Open.”

Among the notable players who have work to do in order to make the cut (low 60 and ties) are Viktor Hovland (74), 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (75) and 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson (75). Jordan Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, shot 77 and Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner, had 79.

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U.S. Open tee times, TV info for Friday's second round

Everything you need to know for the second round of the U.S. Open.

U.S. Open tee times, TV info for Friday's second round

The 121st U.S. Open got off to a bit of a delayed start on Thursday morning thanks to a thick fog – or marine layer – that blanketed Torrey Pines. A 90-minute delay was just enough to push the opening round into darkness and ultimately prevent a handful of players from finishing the first round.

Those rounds will resume at 6:50 a.m. local time with the second round beginning immediately after.

Despite the wait, the first round hardly disappointed with Russell Henley getting some redemption on Torrey Pines and Brooks Koepka getting the chance to pull his usual major act. Late in the day, Louis Oosthuizen also made a move up the leaderboard.

From tee times to TV and streaming info, here’s what you need to know for the second round of the U.S. Open. All times listed are ET.

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1st tee

Tee time Players
9:45 a.m. David Coupland, Taylor Pendrith, Wade Ormsby
9:56 a.m. Tom Hoge, Bo Hoag, Joe Highsmith (a)
10:07 a.m. Erik van Rooyen, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Charl Schwartzel
10:18 a.m. Garrick Higgo, Cole Hammer (a), Joaquin Niemann
10:29 a.m. Lee Westwood, Stewart Cink, Paul Casey
10:40 a.m. Will Zalatoris, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth
10:51 a.m. Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed
11:02 a.m. Patrick Cantlay, Louis Oosthuizen, Sungjae Im
11:13 a.m. Kevin Streelman, Branden Grace, Charley Hoffman
11:24 a.m. Sebastian Munoz, Rikuya Hoshino, Brendon Todd
11:35 a.m. Wyndham Clark, Matthias Schmid (a), Matthew Southgate
11:46 a.m. Spencer Ralston (a), Dylan Wu, Justin Suh
11:57 a.m. Luis Gagne, Kyle Westmoreland, Christopher Crawford
3:30 p.m. Andy Pope, Brad Kennedy, Thomas Aiken
3:41 p.m. Yosuke Asaji, Marcus Armitage, Jhonattan Vegas
3:52 p.m. Cameron Young, Wilco Nienaber, Guido Migliozzi
4:03 p.m. Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Wolff
4:14 p.m. Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka
4:25 p.m. Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Matt Kuchar
4:36 p.m. Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson
4:47 p.m. Jason Kokrak, Cameron Champ, Corey Conners
4:58 p.m. Paul Barjon, Sam Ryder, Ryo Ishikawa
5:09 p.m. Dylan Frittelli, Martin Laird, K.H. Lee
5:20 p.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Adrian Meronk, Sung Kang
5:31 p.m. Akshay Bhatia, Andrew Kozan (a), Alvaro Ortiz
5:42 p.m. James Hervol, Hayden Springer, Roy Cootes

10th tee

Tee time Players
9:45 a.m. Zach Zaback, Steve Allan, Eric Cole
9:56 a.m. Hayden Buckley, Taylor Montgomery, Jordan Smith
10:07 a.m. Chez Reavie, Richard Bland, Troy Merritt
10:18 a.m. Robert MacIntyre, Victor Perez, Matt Wallace
10:29 a.m. Tyler Strafaci, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau
10:40 a.m. Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson
10:51 a.m. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose
11:02 a.m. Matt Jones, Brendan Steele, Cameron Smith
11:13 a.m. Carlos Ortiz, Zach Johnson, Lanto Griffin
11:24 a.m. Sam Burns, Chan Kim, Thomas Detry
11:35 a.m. Ollie Osborne (a), Peter Malnati, Brian Stuard
11:46 a.m. John Huh, Johannes Veerman, Zack Sucher
11:57 a.m. Rick Lamb, Michael Johnson, Carson Schaake
3:30 p.m. Sahith Theegala, Edoardo Molinari, Greyson Sigg
3:41 p.m. Chris Baker, J.J. Spaun, Fabian Gomez
3:52 p.m. Patrick Rodgers, Robby Shelton, Pierceson Coody (a)
4:03 p.m. Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes, Harris English
4:14 p.m. Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry
4:25 p.m. Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland
4:36 p.m. Martin Kaymer, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland
4:47 p.m. Tony Finau, Abraham Ancer, Daniel Berger
4:58 p.m. Si Woo Kim, Kevin Na, Bernd Wiesberger
5:09 p.m. Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter, Ryan Palmer
5:20 p.m. J.T. Poston, Adam Hadwin, Joe Long (a)
5:31 p.m. Luis Fernando Barco, Dylan Meyer, Matthew Sharpstene (a)
5:42 p.m. Mario Carmona, Wilson Furr, Davis Shore
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