Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen took the lead on the first day of the U.S. Open in La Jolla, while local Xander Schauffele stayed close, in a tie for fifth.
Officials suspended first-round play due to darkness at 7:51 p.m. They had got off to a 90-minute late start as the marine layer blanketed the Torrey Pines Golf Course early in the day.
The wind strained golfers too, according to the Associated Press.
“If it’s blowing like this the whole week, it’s just going to be a hard week. That’s kind of what you want in a U.S. Open, though, right?” Henley told the AP.
Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello tied for third, while Brooks Koepka, Hayden Buckley, Hideki Matsuyama, Sebastian Muñoz and Jon Rahm joined Schauffele, out of San Diego State, in fifth.
Henley, a Georgia native, and Oosthuizen each shot 4-under-par for the lead, but Oosthuizen, from South Africa, only played 16 holes. Rahm, Muñoz and 33 others also must complete the first round.
Other locals must rally Friday.
Charley Hoffman, a Poway High alum, sat among a glut of players tied for 41st. Phil Mickelson, who recently became the oldest golfer to win a PGA Championship, shot a 4-over 75 and was eight strokes back.
J.J. Spaun – like Schauffele, from San Diego State – shot a 6-over 77.
ESPN reported that Mickelson found himself distracted by fans who failed to silence their cell phones.
“It’s part of playing the game out here at this level,” Mickelson told ESPN. “Certainly I didn’t do the best job of dealing with it.”
Among other notables, defending Open champion Bryson DeChambeau shot 2-over 73, Farmers Insurance Open champ Patrick Reed was 1-over after playing 17 holes.
The tournament, which continues through Sunday, is one of the majors on the PGA Tour, and has a purse of $12.5 million.