US Open 2017: Steve Stricker held under water as rain disrupts matches

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American Steve Stricker was among two players forced to seek shelter as rain caused delays in their matches at the US Open.

Former world number one Justin Rose looked to be leading by one when play was called off in the afternoon.

But the British world number eight was called back out to the second tee at 8:30 local time (0030 BST) after a six-hour delay, followed by American Stricker.

The duo later resumed, with Stricker two down with two holes to play.

“I got a little pissed off,” said Rose. “Three hours of playing is not enough. Two hours of rain delay, I’m not sure why.

“It’s not a fluke a week after a tremendous week at Augusta. It’s a trend I think going on with the sport.”

John Isner and Alexander Zverev were among those later forced to make other plans after play was halted.

Zverev was two down with two holes remaining when play was called off and Isner is two down with two holes to play when the pair resumed their second-round match.

The last of more than seven hours of play in the morning – David Lipsky’s four-hole victory over Mikko Ilonen – was officially called off when the majority of spectators in a crowd of around 5,000 had gone home.

It means the US Open will resume on Monday.

Conditions in New York, where the tournament takes place between Thursday and Sunday, have often caused problems.

“We’ve had plenty of rain, unfortunately,” added Rose. “I’m delighted, maybe I’m biased, but I’m more happy with the conditions than the opponent.

“Who would have thought about this as a US Open?”

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