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Why Did Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler Struggle in the U.S. Open Opener at Oakmont?

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Rory McIlroy was 4 over through 13 holes when first-round play was suspended on Thursday.

Bad weather produced big numbers for two of golf's biggest stars on Thursday.

The opening round of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont was suspended several times before officials finally halted play for good shortly after 4:30 p.m. local time.

Two popular favorite already have a lot of catching up to do: when play was suspended, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy stood at four over through 14 and World No. 5 Rickie Fowler stumbled to six over through 12.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuck joined Sean Zak on the GOLF.com Podcast Thursday evening to break down the stars' struggles discuss what the weather means for the dozens of players who have yet to tee off.

Check it out below.

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