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Injury causing problems in finding fairway

The conditions on Thursday were not ideal as the ball was collecting lots of mud on the fairways but with the USGA wanting the tournament to be the toughest in the world, did not allow 'lift, clean and play" or "preferred lies". I am still hampered by the muscle injury around my rib cage, writes Jeev Milkha Singh.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2009 23:45 IST

It was certainly not the kind of a start I had hoped for to the US Open or my own round. Rain through the morning on Thursday, the Bethpage Black resembled more like a swamp than a golf course.

None of the players who started out managed to finish the round, as just under three hours of play was possible and I was in the middle of the ninth fairway when play was called off due to unplayable conditions despite no threat of lightning.

I was five-over for eight holes and when play was called off, I was relieved. I am hoping the conditions will be better on Friday, which may be a long day for all of us (Jeev carded a eight-over 78 in the opening round).

The conditions on Thursday were not ideal as the ball was collecting lots of mud on the fairways but with the USGA wanting the tournament to be the toughest in the world, did not allow 'lift, clean and play" or "preferred lies".

I am still hampered by the muscle injury around my rib cage. While it did not hurt or flare up, it did impede my swing, especially when I was hitting the driver.

I am not able to release the driver properly, which is causing me problems finding the fairway. At Bethpage, if you don't find the fairway you are in trouble, as the ball lands in the rough, which because of the water becomes heavier.

Scoring overall has been difficult with only four under-par scores after a handful of holes on the first day. All this points towards another tough US Open.

It was raining a bit even before we teed off, but the crowds continued to pour in, and it was nice to see a lot of Indian faces.

It is amazing that despite such bad weather, there were around 40,000 people on the course, showing how popular the game is. Also, the arrival of the US Open at a public course means people are able to connect with it.