AAP Golf

England golfer cards 92 in US Open blowout

By AAP Newswire

England professional golfer and former amateur star Scott Gregory has earned a severely unwanted record after a horror first round at the US Open.

The former British Amateur champion became the first player in 16 years to shoot 90 or worse at the US Open during a 22-over-par 92 at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday.

Felix Casas shot 92 during the second round of the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black.

Gregory wasn't the only player to suffer at the hands of the notoriously difficult Long Island course, with big guns Phil Mickelson (77) Jordan Spieth (78) and Jason Day (79) also having nightmare rounds.

Former champion Rory McIlroy carded a 10-over-par 80.

"I knew it was going to be tough," Gregory said after his round.

The 23-year-old's round included two triple-bogeys, three double-bogeys, 10 bogeys and three pars as he fell 24 shots back of the lead midway through day one.

It wasn't hard to pinpoint how Gregory's got away from him, hitting just five of 14 fairways and four of 18 greens in regulation.

"It was wind, and I've played in wind before, so that wasn't the issue. The issue was I didn't hit it on the short stuff very much," Gregory said.

The Portsmouth native booked his US Open start through sectional qualifying in England.

Gregory, who has no status on any international tour, couldn't recall the last time he had failed to break 90 for 18 holes.

"It would have had to have been eight years ago or more,'' he said.

"It's been a long time, and this is not really the week I wanted to revisit that score."