Who is 2016 U.S. Open contender Andrew Landry?
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Who is 2016 U.S. Open contender Andrew Landry?

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When you saw Andrew Landry opened the 2016 U.S. Open with a 4-under 66 -- the lowest first-round ever in nine U.S. Opens at Oakmont Country Club -- you probably figured he would be destined for a miserable second round.

He wasn't.

Landry closed birdie-birdie on Saturday morning to wrap up a gutsy 1-over 71, posting a 36-hole total of 3-under 137. He'll be in the final threesome for the third round, grouped with leader Dustin Johnson, as well Scott Piercy, who is in the house at 2-under 138.

Before Landry tees off in the third round, we thought you might want a little bio.

College golf fans already know Landry, as he was on the losing end for Arkansas in the 2009 NCAA men's golf championship, when Bronson Burgoon hit a wedge shot on the final hole of their match to lock up the national championship for Texas A&M.

Landry, who came into the week at 624th in the Official World Golf Ranking, has status on the PGA Tour through finishing inside the top 25 on last season's Web.com Tour regular season money list. Unfortunately, the University of Arkansas product got off to a bad start with his card, missing his first five cuts in a row. He has since made five of his last six cuts, but he's done no better than a tie for 41st at last week's FedEx St. Jude Classic. He earned his way in this U.S. Open field on Monday, getting through the stiff Memphis sectional qualifier. Now he finds himself with a chance to earn big bucks, improve his Tour status and perhaps land future starts.

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