(CNN) -- Francesco Molinari has told CNN Sport that he is delighted to be up amongst the leaders after the opening round of the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
When play was finally called off for the day on Thursday, the Italian was tied for the lead on 68 (-4) -- although a number of players had still to complete their rounds after heavy fog delayed proceedings by nearly three hours.
Molinari achieved his score despite having less than two rounds of practice on the course and he told CNN's Patrick Snell: "I am hitting the ball very well.
"I tried to stay patient and calm and stay out of trouble -- which is key in a major -- and everything went according to plan.
"It has been a wonderful day for me but we will have to see what will now happen for the rest of the week.
Molinari was one of the lucky players who managed to complete his round and he accepted the weather conditions made things difficult difficult.
"It was not an easy morning. We got here really early but then had to wait for three or four hours in the players' lounge," he added.
"Luckily we were all friends together and there was a lot of laughing and joking whilst we waited, but when the time came to play I was ready and focussed and really enjoyed my round.