Despite a deluge of rain, John Huh completed his first round at the 113th rendition of the United States Open on Thursday.
Some of the other competitors weren’t so lucky. Inclement weather forced play to be suspended to Friday, leading to a backlog of players who needed to still finish their respective first rounds on the day scheduled for the second round.
Huh had his original second-round tee time pushed back more than three hours and wasn’t able to finish on Friday.
Huh registered a three-over-par through 13 holes Friday at Merion Golf Club’s East Course in Ardmore, Pa. Huh is tied for 23rd with the projected cut at eight-over.
Huh will be one of 68 players from the field of 156 who must still complete the second round on Saturday before the 36-hole cut is determined. Play will resume at 4:15 a.m. PDT.
“It’s pretty unusual having a situation like that with the rain and players getting backed up,” said Huh, a 2008 Crescenta Valley High graduate who is the reigning PGA Rookie of the Year. “It’s just something you have to deal with.
“I still have five holes left to try to make the cut. I just have to go out there and be patient and not worry about the cut. I just want to go out there and give myself a chance.”
Playing in the prestigious championship for the first time, Huh, 23, opened the event with a one-over-par 71. On Friday, Huh started on the 11th hole. He parred the first three holes before encountering some difficulty.
Huh, who previously played on the Korean Tour, bogeyed five of the next six holes before regrouping to put up birdies on the second and third holes. Huh, who helped Crescenta Valley win Pacific League championships in 2006 and 2007, then birdied the fourth and fifth holes before the horn sounded to stop play on the 6,996-yard course.
“I didn’t give myself a chance to get up and down in that rough stretch,” said Huh, who is grouped with Jerry Kelly and Charley Hoffman of the United States. “It was hard to get anything going, but then I got those two birdies to finish up.
“I just have to go for it [during the next five holes] and see where I wind up.”
Through 31 holes, Huh has recorded 19 pars, four birdies and eight bogeys.