Gregory remains upbeat after rollercoaster first round at The Open
Scott Gregory endured the ultimate rollercoaster ride during his first ever round in The Open today.
At one point, the 21-year-old Amateur Champion was sharing the lead with Colin Montgomerie as he raced to the turn in 33, only to post two triple bogeys and a double bogey in a closing nine of 45 to fall back into the pack on seven-over-par, a round of 78.
The English international was in a remarkably sanguine mood after signing his card.
“That was pretty awesome,” he said. “I could do this every week.
“That was pretty awesome, I could do this every week.”
“I was leading The Open at one point this morning which was pretty cool. If nothing else, that’s a positive I can take from today. It’s something I will always be able to say I have done.
“Obviously, at some stage in my career, I’d like to see that happen after I’ve played 72 holes, but it’s a position I’ve never been in before and, hopefully, the next time I get into it, I will cope a little bit better than I did today.”
Gregory’s problems started when he took seven on the par-4 11th and he did the same on the 13th where one of this partners, Sandy Lyle, also shot seven and the other, David Duval, took nine. That was a lot to take in for a relatively inexperienced player.
“Sandy and David were great. We chatted all the way round and David helped me a bit when we got put on the clock on the back nine.
“I was leading The Open at one point this morning which was pretty cool.”
“I didn’t cope with that very well,” he admitted. “It was a bit of a learning curve for me because I’ve never been put on the clock before. Obviously, I wasn’t playing my best golf at that moment, and I think I rushed a couple of shots, so I’ve got to learn from that and know that next time I’ve actually got a bit more time than I took.
“I said at the start, this week is all about learning and I certainly learned a lot today,” he added.
“I’m going to work with my coach a bit this afternoon to see if we can get back on track. I’ve got to work hard for tomorrow because I’ve got a cut I want to make.
“I don’t know what the cut’s going to be but I’m going to do everything I can to get there. I’m certainly not going to give up trying.”