Thursday, 18 June 2009
U.S. Open - Preview Day 3  (Getty Images)
U.S. Open - Preview Day 3 (Getty Images)

Sweden’s Johan Edfors was one of the few players under par as play was suspended on day one of the 109th US Open Championship at Bethpage Black due to a waterlogged course.

With rain threatening to remain throughout the second major of the year, the par-70 New York monster - which saw only Tiger Woods manage a finishing score under par when it first hosted the championship in 2002 - was set to play even longer than its 7,426 yards.

USGA vice president and chairman of the championship committee Jim Hyler confirmed that tees had been moved up at the seventh, ninth, tenth and 12th holes but the constant rain was already causing puddles to appear on the putting surfaces with grounds staff using squeegees on the greens to clear surface water in between groups and also, at players' requests, between putts.

And as conditions continued to worsen, officials took the decision to suspend play after around three and a half hours of action.

European Tour member Edfors was one of four men in the lead at one under, alongside Canadian Andrew Parr and Americans Jeff Brehaut and Ryan Spears.

Edfors started steadily with three straight pars before picking up a birdie on the par five fourth hole.

England’s Ian Poulter and Masters Tournament champion Angel Cabrera were among those at level par as they approached the end of their front nines.

Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell were also coping with the difficult conditions better than most and were a shot further back at one over par.

Defending champion Woods, playing alongside Cabrera and Padraig Harrington, was also one over after fighting back from a double bogey at the fifth hole with a birdie at the sixth.

Harrington, meanwhile, was struggling on four over, although he was by no means the only man to struggle as the rain continued to pour down.

England's world number three Paul Casey and playing partners Geoff Ogilvy and Jim Furyk were one over after three holes playing from the tenth tee, with Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, coming off a top five finish last week in Memphis, also at one over after five.

Argentina’s Andres Romero began his round at the tenth with a birdie, but bogeys at the 11th and 12th saw him join the group on one over.

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