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U.S. Senior Open Q&A: Edmond's Scott Verplank has 'fairly embarrassing' first round

Scott Verplank shot a 4-over 75 Thursday in the opening round. He double-bogeyed three holes. He practically duffed a tee shot and only made one birdie.
BY CODY STAVENHAGEN Published: July 10, 2014

Scott Verplank had waited what seemed like forever for this moment.

He talked up the U.S. Senior Open coming to Oak Tree National for months. He said his game was finally going in the right direction.

Then, when the moment came, he fell apart. Verplank shot a 4-over 75 Thursday in the opening round. He double-bogeyed three holes and practically duffed a tee shot

After his round, he was clearly shaken, but when talking with the media, he managed to handle it like a pro.

Q: It was a tough day today. What went wrong?

A: “Yeah, it was fairly embarrassing, to be honest with you. Unfortunately, I have not reached back to the level that I used to be, and I could have shot 90 today. I actually putted great on my last nine holes and made a long one on the last hole. I'm going to have to be a lot different player tomorrow and the rest of the day than I was today.”

Did being injured play a role?

“I'm hitting shots like I'm hurt still. I don't feel horrible. Unfortunately, I've been doing that for two years. I was sure hoping that all the hard work I put in was going to be a little bit better, but it wasn't today. Maybe it will be tomorrow.”

Maybe pressure isn’t the right word, but did being on your home course make a difference?

“No doubt. Yeah, I mean there's no question. I haven't been nervous on the first couple holes in a long time. I was a little nervous here, but I think most of that was because I really knew that I wasn't ready to play good enough to play like I want to play.

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