Canberra's Brendan Jones lines up his putt on the first green during the first round for the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Photo: JEFF HAYNES
Some costly errors made for a tough day at the office for Brendan Jones in the first round of the US Open this morning.
“I made a lot of errors. It’s a team out there and my caddy and I just didn’t get anything right and I’m just very disappointed to shoot the score that I did,” Jones told the Canberra Times from the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
“Bad club decisions and mis-readings of the wind cost me about five shots.”
Jones hit two double bogeys, three bogeys and one birdie in his round of 76, which has him 10 shots off the leader, American Michael Thompson.
Jones is in good company with at least six players below par, but that hasn’t lessened the disappointment.
“I drove the ball very well. I didn’t hit a lot of fairways but I was in the first cut quite a lot, so I was in good positions, but I wasn’t hitting the ball close enough to give myself birdie chances.
“As soon as I made one mistake, I’d make double bogey, so that’s the frustrating thing, I’m making so many pars really easily, but I hit one poor shot or the wrong club and I’m making double bogey and bogey.
“I don’t mind making double bogeys from poor shots, but I’m making bogeys and doubles from good shots, and that’s the thing that’s hard to handle.”