US Open: John Parry enjoys experience despite 76 at Merion
John Parry insisted he enjoyed his US Open debut despite struggling to a six-over 76 in the first round at Merion.
Last Updated: 13/06/13 11:37pm
The Englishman, who came through qualifying at Walton Heath last month, carded seven bogeys and just one birdie either side of the three-and-a-half hour storm delay.
The 26-year-old admitted he was disappointed not to have taken advantage of conditions he considered far easier than he expected, but he still relished the experience.
"It was a bit strange. It wasn't as hard as I thought, the greens are right in front of you and I thought the fairways would be tighter," he said.
"But you hit one bad shot and it is a five per cent shot of making par. I missed a couple of greens on the wrong side and you have no chance of making par.
"I bogeyed one hole with a lob wedge from 80 yards and it span 40 feet away and I had a four footer for bogey in the end.
"It's as easy as it is going to play. There's a little bit of wind but nothing too bad. The fairways are soft but the greens and rough are tough.
"I loved the experience though. It was a bit stop-start today but hopefully tomorrow will be better and hopefully I can have a good round and make the weekend."