Clifton McDonald, from Meridian, Miss., shot 55-over 127 on Wednesday during U.S. Open local qualifying.
McDonald was competing at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes in Glencoe, Ala. Five spots were available to advance to sectionals, with former University of Alabama standout Robby Shelton edging former University of Georgia standout Lee McCoy for medalist honors, at 3 under.
A handicap index of 2.4 is required of amateurs to compete in U.S. Open qualifying, but not for professionals. McDonald was not listed as an amateur.
Beginning on the 10th hole, he recorded a 14 on the par-5 16th and an 11 on the par-4 18th to turn in 32-over 68. His second nine was better with no double-digit numbers and a 23-over 59.
McDonald, through a USGA official, denied a GolfChannel.com interview request.
In relation to whether McDonald could suffer repercussions, these are USGA guidelines for Open qualifying:
If a player fails to return a score within 12 strokes of the USGA Course Rating, future entries for a U.S. Open Championship may be declined if documentation is not provided demonstrating that the player is capable of competing at the national championship level. Please note that players who “no card” are subject to receive a letter from the USGA under the same guidelines.
Of course, social media comments relating to McDonald's performance were both brutal and hilarious.