OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — All it took was three holes for Andrew Landry to tumble down the leaderboard Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Two birdies at the end of his round kept this year’s long shot right in the mix.
Landry, a 28-year-old playing in his first U.S. Open, held it together during a rough patch at Oakmont after dropping four shots in three holes. He rallied for a 1-over 71 left him one shot behind Dustin Johnson and in the final group of the third round Saturday afternoon.
“Birdie, birdie to end my second round is a way to get my momentum going in the third round,” Landry said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
At No. 624 in the world ranking, Landry has never been on a stage like this.
As if the U.S. Open weren’t enough pressure, he had plenty of time to think about his dream start. He opened with a 66 to become the first U.S. Open rookie since Bob Tway in 1986 at Shinnecock Hills to be the sole leader after his first round.
He finished that off with one putt — a 10-foot birdie — Friday morning and had to wait until Saturday morning to start the second round. Majors are filled with stories of unheralded…