OAKMONT, Pa. — Andrew Landry made it easy on his caddie, Kevin Ensor. No bag, no towel, no yardage book.
Landry himself carried the only club he needed, his Ping putter, as he strolled to the large putting green near the Oakmont clubhouse Friday morning. He had 10 minutes to kill, and decided to hit a few more 10-foot putts.
Landry had slept on a 10-footer that awaited him on the 9th green. He was one stroke from signing for a 66, the early lead at the U.S. Open and the lowest ever first round score of an Open at Oakmont. One stroke from a long break to take it all in, while what was intended to be Thursday’s afternoon wave tries to match his score on a water-logged layout. (Landry said he planned to take a nap and maybe do some laundry.)
After making 15 of 37 (40%) 10-footers near the practice range, Landry sized up the putt he first sized up 15 hours earlier. Again making it easy on Ensor, Landry didn’t ask for a read.
To say the right-to-left putt didn’t have much in it would simplify the complexity of Oakmont’s infamous greens, but Landry buried the putt, center of the cup. Now the 624th-ranked player in the world is out in front of the field, one stroke ahead of Lee Westwood.
“It was a pretty easy putt to make if you get the speed right,” Landry said. “I just pretty much thought about it this morning, thought about it a little bit last night, but I didn’t like dream about it.”
Over the next 10 hours or so (and possibly longer), he’ll have plenty of time to think about it, talk about it and, if he naps, maybe dream about it. Thursday’s washout means the afternoon wave will play its first round, stop for lunch and then head back out for their second round. Landry won’t start his second round until Saturday morning.
After Landry poured in the putt at the 9th, Ensor greeted Landry’s friends and family before their favorite golfer did.
“All good?” they asked him, as Landry signed his record-setting scorecard inside the clubhouse.
“All good,” Ensor replied. “Just a lot of interviews now.”