OAKMONT (KFSM)- Weather has been a damper on the 2016 U.S. Open, but it has not clouded Andrew Landry’s play as he finished as co-leader Friday with Dustin Johnson. Landry came into Oakmont as the underdog, ranked 624th in the world, and after three days of action he has emerged as the Cinderella story.
Thursday play was suspended due weather, then Friday Landry only needed one shot early that morning to set an Oakmont record at the U.S. Open. The rookie rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole finishing the day with a 4-under 66 making him the tournament leader. Landry held a one-shot lead against Lee Westwood, but had to play 36 holes Saturday.
Saturday morning the first-round leader started off with front-side 39 that dropped him down on the leaderboard, but he was not shaken and finished the second round with a back-nine 32. During the third round in the afternoon he worked his way back to the top after a birdie on seven. Currently Shane Lowry is the tournament leader, but Landry is just two strokes behind him going into the final round Sunday.
While the World has been trying to figure out who Lawson is and where he came from, Razorback fans are well acquainted with the name. During Lawson’s three years at Arkansas (2007-2009) he helped lead the Hogs to their greatest run in program history in 2009. Arkansas had advanced to the National Championship match against Texas A&M during the NCAA’s first year of match play format. His 72.61 stroke average in 114 collegiate rounds is the fourth-best mark in Arkansas’ program history.