Sport Gregory's 22-over round sets tone at Shinnecock Hills

20:10  14 june  2018
20:10  14 june  2018 Source:   performgroup.com

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Englishman Scott Gregory shot a 22 - over 92 in the first round on Thursday at Shinnecock . That is not a misprint. Woods will be in some immense company on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills .

We make a case for several of those understated outsiders set to take part at Shinnecock Hills , including big names on the rebound and rising stars still seeking their maiden major. Round 1: Thursday, June 14.

ScottGregory - cropped: Scott Gregory's struggles started on the second hole © Provided by Omnisport Scott Gregory's struggles started on the second hole

Scott Gregory carded a 22-over 92 in his first round at the U.S. Open as the vast majority of the field - including Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - struggled in tough conditions at Shinnecock Hills.

Former champions McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were among those to flounder on Thursday as their bids for further glory fell flat, but neither struggled quite like Gregory.

The Englishman only made par on three holes and carded two triple bogeys as he returned to the clubhouse trailing the rest of the field by a distance.

Amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank held the next highest score, a 13-over 83, but a number of big names were not too far ahead.

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Floyd’ s victory set a theme for Shinnecock Hills . 9. SHARK BITTEN: Greg Norman twice held the 54-hole lead at Shinnecock Hills but lost it both times. He held a one-shot lead over Hal Sutton and Lee Trevino in 1986 but shot a final- round 75 to clear the stage for Raymond Floyd.

Jason Day is a dangerman, but a recent shoulder niggle and a four- over -par weekend at Muirfield Village last time out are off-putting. Rory McIlroy turned into Superman at Bay Hill , but can his moody putter stay disciplined enough to set a winning 72-hole total at Shinnecock ?

Jason Day carded a nine-over 79 and McIlroy was also plus nine with two to play, while Spieth and serial runner-up Phil Mickelson, the Northern Irishman's playing partners, were eight and six over respectively.

Only two of the morning starters, Scott Piercy and Ian Poulter, were under par, with a second bunch of high-profile stars - Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas among them - still to tee off.

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