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Gregory's photo with Tiger eases the pain of his nightmare round

By Phil Casey

Scott Gregory stumbled to the worst score in the US Open for 16 years, but will always have one happy memory from Shinnecock Hills.

As windy conditions sent scores soaring and the star group of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were a combined 25-over-par, Gregory almost shot that total on his own with a 22-over-par round of 92, the first score in the 90s since Felix Casas shot 92 at Bethpage in 2002.

"I didn't get it in play off the tee, which is obviously a big issue around here," said Gregory, who came through international qualifying at Walton Heath to book his place in the field.

"Any rough you go in you can't really attack pins and get on the greens."

Gregory secured a berth in the Masters and US Open last year after winning the British Amateur title in 2016 and also received an invite to the Memorial Tournament, where he had hoped to meet Tiger Woods.

However, with Woods not competing at Muirfield Village due to injury, the 23-year-old from Portsmouth had to wait until this week to secure a treasured memento.

"I've been waiting for that picture for about 15 years," he said. "It was great to finally meet him.

"It's weird, you can feel when he is about. If you're on the putting green and you haven't seen him, you can still hear that he's around."

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