This is the story of a man who clearly lied about have a 1.4 handicap. In fact, it’s more than likely he accidentally placed a decimal point between these two numbers, and then forgot to adjust it to 18 holes.
Former All-American Lee McCoy advanced through local qualifying at RTJ Golf Trail-Silver Lakes. He shot a two-under 70 to keep his U.S. Open dreams alive in one of the most meritocratic tournaments in the world–anyone can enter (technically). McCoy’s performance was noteworthy, but it’s a tweet he fired out following the round that really catches the eye:
“The scorecard of the guy that played in front of me at US Open qualifying today. Shot 68 on his front 9 and decided to finish #NeverGiveUp“
What do you think of these numbers?
As you can see, the beginner started with a +2 seven, perhaps a small blip if his swing wasn’t too agricultural. Any notion of a bad hole would soon dissipate; a humbling quadruple bogey on hole two set the pace for a horror round. It soon became a battle to stay alive.
Credit where credit is due, he nailed two bogeys on 3 and 15, perhaps a phenomenal outcome if he lost a ball, we can only postulate. The highlight, or rather lowlight, came on the par 5 16th. One Clifton McDonald (I will no longer protect his anonymity) shot a +9 on a single hole at a U.S. Open qualifier. What a claim to fame.
So, how did this humble beginner (I’m guessing) manage to sign up for a qualifier? Golf Digest outlined the possible explanations:
— Just because you’re a professional doesn’t mean you’re good at your profession.
— There’s the (slight) chance the poor guy had a rough day.
So there you have it. Grab a buddy and become a professional golfer for one week next year, I’m serious. Wouldn’t a U.S. Open Qualification scorecard be an awesome souvenir? Not to mention one hell of an anecdote.