PINEHURST, N.C. — What do you think you would have shot on U.S. Open Saturday at the diabolical setup of Pinehurst No. 2?
Before you answer, consider Toru Taniguchi. The 46-year-old Japanese pro, who's won 19 times on the Japan Tour, shot 88. Russell Henley, winner of the Honda Classic, soared to an 82. Boo Weekley struggled to an 80.
Taniguchi, who made the cut on the number with 72-73 in the opening two rounds, got on the bogey train on the second hole and couldn't get off Saturday, carding bogeys on Nos. 2, 4, 9, 15, 17 and 18, with doubles on 3, 7, 8 and 13 and a triple on 14.
His 88 was the worst U.S. Open round ever played — by three shots — in the three U.S. Open hosted at Pinehurst, and the worst U.S. Open score since Sam Walker's opening round 89 at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. However, it's not even close to the worst-ever U.S. Open round. That dubious distinction belongs to O. McCammon, who shot 116 in the final round of 1899 U.S. Open at Baltimore Country Club.
Here's his U.S. Open scorecard from a very difficult Saturday setup. Recreational golfers around the world can relate.