US Open Tees Off After 90-minute Fog Delay At Torrey Pines
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Thu 17th June 2021 | 09:48 PM
Early morning fog rolled in off the Pacific Ocean to delay the start of the 121st US Open by 90 minutes on Thursday before American Sahith Theegala hit the opening shot from the first tee
La Jolla, United States, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Jun, 2021 ) :Early morning fog rolled in off the Pacific Ocean to delay the start of the 121st US Open by 90 minutes on Thursday before American Sahith Theegala hit the opening shot from the first tee.
A field of 156 will challenge the formidable 7,652-yard, par-71 oceanside course, with local hero Phil Mickelson trying to complete a career Grand Slam and American Bryson DeChambeau looking to defend his title.
Mickelson, ranked 30th, was scheduled to start at 9:21 a.m. (1721 GMT) off the 10th tee alongside two other Southern California players, Max Homa and sixth-ranked Xander Schauffele.
Mickelson, who turned 51 on Wednesday, became golf's oldest major winner last month by taking the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island to capture his sixth career major title.
Mickelson has won three times at Torrey Pines in US PGA Tour events but all were before a 2001 course renovation, forcing him to spend much of the past two weeks re-learning the nuances of a course he once knew well.
Mickelson remains a popular bet at 50-1 odds after his historic triumph at Kiawah Island, raising concerns from some oddsmakers about major payouts if he manages another shock major win.
Johnson would need to finish worse than solo 17th if Thomas wins or worse than a two-way share of 18th if Rahm wins to be dethroned.
Koepka, Thomas and 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa were set for an early 10th-tee start two groups ahead of Mickelson.