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Penn State golfer Foley through 10 holes at US Open

Andrew Landry watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday in Oakmont.
Andrew Landry watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Thursday in Oakmont. The Associated Press

Tasked with a 10-foot birdie putt on the second green, Kevin Foley, crouching, was eyeing up his attempt.

Then, much to the chagrin of Foley and those in the gallery, the air horn blew — for the third time of the day.

The flag stick was put back in the hole, as Foley and his playing partners took cover like they had twice already.

But unlike the first two times, play didn’t resume.

Foley, a former Penn State golfer, was 5-over par through 10 holes when the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club was officially suspended late Thursday afternoon.

Foley, who started on the 10th hole, was in a tie for 45th place, while TJ Howe, another former Nittany Lion, was one of 78 players not to tee off. Howe was scheduled to start his first round at 2:12 p.m. Thursday.

Instead, both Penn Staters will be busy on Friday.

At 7:30 a.m., Foley will begin to finish his final eight holes, and Howe is scheduled to tee off at 10:12 a.m. Then, the USGA will proceed with squeezing in second-round action at a time to be determined.

While Nittany Lion fans across the course, many wearing Penn State hats, couldn’t watch Howe, they still had the opportunity to yell “We Are” chants after Foley’s shots.

The 2010 Penn State graduate couldn’t have asked for a better start to his first-ever U.S. Open with a birdie on the 10th hole, sinking a 20-foot putt.

“Starting with a birdie was certainly a nice debut hole,” Foley said in a text message.

After the birdie, Foley’s next nine holes went as follows: bogey, par, bogey, bogey, bogey, par, bogey, par and bogey.

Despite the high bogey count, Foley put together a respectable day.

Foley was tied for 15th in driving distance, averaging 297 yards off the tee, and he hit 62.5 percent of his fairways (5 of 8), a better percentage than Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy.

Foley did have some unfortunate luck rhythm-wise, too. He had to wait through delays to attempt a par putt at the 13th and a birdie putt on the 16th, both of which he eventually missed upon resuming play.

“The delays made it tough to gain momentum,” Foley said. “Just need to stay patient. The putts will fall.”

Perhaps he’ll catch a break with his upcoming birdie putt at the second when the first round starts back up on Friday.

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9

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