Not a shot of Clifton McDonald, but you get the picture…

Next time you’re hacking your way around the golf course, summon the spirit of the player who not only failed to card a single par but only managed two bogeys on his way to an eye-watering 127 in US Open local qualifying – finishing 55 shots over par.

Starting on the 10th hole at Silver Lakes in Glencoe, Alabama, Clifton McDonald began badly with a double bogey seven.

But things got significantly worse, and he was 14 over par after six holes by the time he stepped on to the 16th tee. Fourteen furious swipes later, he had completed the par five.

Most people would have walked off. But not Clifton.

He forged on regardless to make what the Alabama Golf Association says is without doubt “the highest score we’ve had in any qualifying event”.

“The guy was really nice. It’s just you could tell he was in over his head,” executive director Andy Priest told BBC Sport.

“It was a beautiful sunny day, it wasn’t breezy at all. It’s just a tough golf course.

“The feedback we got from other players was that it was firm and fast. Honestly it’s good qualifying for the Open at Erin Hills.

“We got his scorecard and he confirmed what he had shot, but we didn’t speak to him for very long. You could tell he had had a long day.

“But it I will say one thing, the gentleman played it out.”

Lee McCoy, who finished second on Wednesday to take one of five qualifying spots, tweeted