Last year, Gregory Havret nearly became the first to win the championship in his first appearance in a U.S. Open since Francis Ouimet in 1913. The 34-year-old Frenchman finished in second place, one shot behind Graeme McDowell.
That was a special time for Havret, not only because of how well he played but also because his parents Dominique and Monique were at Pebble Beach to watch him. Havret’s father will not be at this U.S. Open. Dominique Havret died 10 days ago from vascular disease. Havret was playing in the Wales Open at the time and pulled out of the event. The U.S. Open is his first competitive tournament since his father’s death.
“Obviously, it’s something to lose a father,” Havret said. “Obviously, it’s U.S. Open where I did that well last year with them, and they were so proud. My father was always proud. It’s obviously something to come back and play the game he loves more than anything. It means a lot for me to be here and I want to do well. So obviously today wasn’t the greatest day.”
Playing with a heavy heart, Havret did not start well. He made three bogeys and a double bogey on his first nine holes, but did better after the turn to finish at 6-over-par 77.