Scott Gregory tees off the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC

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U.S. Open Golfer Who Shot Horrendous +22 Has Great Advice For Other Players

Scott Gregory, 23, thinks he was just a kid the last time he shot in the 90s.

June 14, 2018 - 1:49 pm

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) – Twenty-three-year-old Scott Gregory thinks he was just a kid the last time he shot in the 90s.

"It's been a long time," he said after shooting a 22-over 92 on Thursday to take a stranglehold on last place early on in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. "It's not the week I wanted to revisit it."

Although the 2016 British Amateur champion was in one of the earliest groups, there was no one within nine strokes of him on the leaderboard as the afternoon threesomes began to tee off.

His advice for those not yet out on the course: "You can't miss it long, short, left or right. If you hit it in the middle, you're all right."

Still, it wasn't all bad for Gregory, who missed the cut in last year's U.S. Open.

He got to meet Tiger Woods.

"I've been waiting for that picture for 15 years," he said. "So it's quite a big deal."

And Gregory wasn't the only player to have a bad day, as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day all finished +7 or worse on Day 1 of the U.S. Open. 

If you're wondering what the worst rounds in U.S. Open history is, that would be J.D. Tucker in 1898 at Myopia Hunt Club. He shot 157 in the first round, then improved with an even 100 in his next round.