Luke Donald has played his first 13 holes at Merion in 4 under (Redington/Getty Images)
ARDMORE, Pa. -- As darkness brought an end to a marathon day at the U.S. Open, players hurried off to grab a quick dinner and some sleep before returning at 7:15 a.m. on Friday to complete their first rounds.
Some of the leaders from the still-to-be completed afternoon wave stopped to chat briefly with the media, though, and here are some of their comments.
TIGER WOODS: "It's going to be a fast night."
LUKE DONALD: "The greens are a lot slower than we thought they'd be, because of the rain. And you could be an a bit more aggressive with the stroke. I saw the lines pretty well today and made some good putts."
GRAEME McDOWELL: "It's the U.S. Open, never out of it. Just got to pull out those last six holes really, really strong in the morning. Get out there in the afternoon and get after it."
MATHEW GOGGIN: "Actually it's a good thing though, because if you play well you can get into a nice flow because you get to play, finish your round, go straight back out there and play again. You're not going home and waiting 12 hours to play your second round. So you can really use it to your advantage if you get on a roll.
CARL PETTERSSON: "The plan is pretty much in place, especially at a U.S. Open. But it does make it a little different. We had a short delay. We had to come out without much warm up. But we have done that before, too. So nothing unusual. Strategy doesn't change."
WEBB SIMPSON: "I think the only thing I might do is be more patient in my walking. I tend to walk fast, and 27 holes is going to be a lot. So I think I just got to be patient and make sure I eat and drink enough, so I'll be fresh."
ESTANISLAO GOYA: "The rough is playing very long and especially now wet, it's even thicker. So it's very, very important to be in the fairway."
JIM FURYK: "Logistically this golf course is going to cause some issues. I'm anxious to see how quick they try and turn us around for the next round. Whether or not we'll come back here and have a chance to get some food, whether we get a chance to hit some balls, whether we go straight. The golf course is posing a lot of issues right now."
MICHAEL THOMPSON: "I think it probably played about the same. I think over the course of a round, 18 holes out here, the course is going to give you some, but it's also going to take it away."
PETER HEDBLOM: "I had a great start. I started holing a lot of good putts. Unfortunately the break came. It was hard to come out after 45 minutes. I'm not 22 anymore. So it was tough. Then it started to get dark and everything. It was a tricky day."