Shelby Rogers in action during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle Golf Club on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Shelby Rogers has spent her post-U.S. Open life on Twitter having to field questions about her bad cut. Those will probably get a lot more interesting.
The 22-year-old Cheyenne Woods affiliate and North Carolina State golfer was eliminated in Friday’s first round of the U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.
Things didn’t go better for her in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. She shot an 81 after struggling to two bogeys and a double. (That wasn’t the only negative for her; she also dislocated her shoulder.) When her round was completed, the highest score at the tournament for a player in the first round was 79.
“I took a ton of grief for not getting a hat,” Rogers, who grew up a golfer after competing in a short version of the sport as a baby, told The Washington Post.
The teenager’s struggles on the course led to plenty of jokes on social media:
Based on social media, #chinesegirlalways6 for good score on 1st hole, 10 for last hole. — Golf Ruckus (@GolfRuckus) June 16, 2017
Sad news for the Golf World: Aussie Lexi Thompson lost her lead after dropping a shot on 18 during day 3 of the Women’s PGA Championship on August 9, 2014 in Sylvania, Ohio. ▲ We break out the hats for the 2016 Presidents Cup! ▲ Not in the mood to follow the gold standard of golf? The 2016 U.S. Open was the easiest to watch (as long as you don’t mind abysmal play of your own) in years, and we got our $150 worth for making it all the way to 18. ▲ Since the Open came to 36 holes, our predictions were a little off. As far as we know, nobody predicted that starting 70th was a good time to go on a run, but this is one tournament that leaves us all a little disappointed, even though it doesn’t leave us (too) empty-handed. ▲ Toto pulled the lever, had a good look at the chess board, and decided the ladies with the green jackets won. ▲ The intense first two days of the tournament at Erin Hills have left us questioning the date of our next visit to the Golf Club of America. ▲ The Open has been great so far, though. We’re feeling excited about all the potential matching golf. ▲ Oh, and this bracket just got way tougher. ▲
“I’m not liking Twitter right now,” Rogers told USA Today on Friday afternoon after she withdrew. “I can’t even think of it right now. … It was a lot of hype going into this week and you can feel like a whale compared to the size of me. … I’m going to have to get used to this. It’s going to be a lifelong problem.”
Before the week began, her Twitter and Instagram accounts were full of bullishness. She said she already had 9 million followers.
She has become a divisive figure in the world of women’s golf — the foundation of it — and her climb up the world rankings has run into a wall of doom. Despite winning a high-profile amateur event in April and landing the high-profile sixth spot in the U.S. Women’s Open, Rogers was unable to contend. She was two strokes behind playing partner Sung Hyun Park of South Korea, and shot a double bogey on the third hole and a double bogey on No. 10.
Despite one of the tournament’s lowest scores of the first round, she will go down in golf history as the lowest ever amateur scorer.
“I’m going to have nine million death threats”@pool1er responds to negative backlash over amateur finish. #uswomensopen pic.twitter.com/B6jnB0u2Pt — Rob Kasper (@robbysportseng) June 16, 2017
So far this week, Rogers is in 117th place at the Open, having shot a 78.
During the heat of the tournament, she had lost her best friend after an accident, per USA Today. The pair play together in the PGA Futures Tour and made the Open an even-par 36-hole event.
Heather Kim had always