US Open: John Parry enjoys experience despite 76 at Merion

Last Updated: 13/06/13 11:37pm

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John Parry: Merion played easier than he expected

John Parry: Merion played easier than he expected

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John Parry insisted he thoroughly enjoyed his US Open debut despite struggling to a six-over 76 in the opening round at Merion.

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."

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