The fog came in low like a cut 3-wood Friday morning at the U.S. Senior Open in Sammamish, Wash., obstructing sightlines and rendering any ball traveling more than 50 feet out from the player who hit it invisible. As a result, the horn blew at 7:45 a.m., just as the group of Mark Calcavecchia, Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer came to the first tee. All the players went back to the range to hit a few more balls, assuming that the delay wouldn't be more than half an hour.
Two hours and 11 minutes later, the threesome finally teed off from the first hole — we'll have the blow-by-blow of their early exploits shortly — with late tee-times, it'll be a busy afternoon as the morning groups crash the later party. In the meantime, it was up to everyone to keep their eyes open and, as Calcavecchia joked at the range, to avoid going off for that second breakfast. Here are a few shots from the morning, as everyone waited for the fog to clear.
Corey Pavin, fresh off a very unhappy first round, wasn't amused by the delay.
Bernhard Langer got all meditative behind an iron and a bucket of balls.
Mark Calcavecchia pondered life, the universe and everything.
And Craig Stadler was encouraged by the sheer majesty of his walrus headcovers.
With the early times delayed, the first afternoon starts have also been pushed back from 12:30 to 2:10. The afternoon starts will run through 4:10.