The 143rd Open Championship got underway early Thursday morning in very benign weather conditions at Muirfield Golf Club in Guillane Scotland. The weather played ball, but then there’s the golf course. In true, old-time links fashion, drives ran into sand traps, and the wind that changes angles on every hole, pushed drives into 24 inch grass that my horse would love.
South African, Charl Schwartzel broke his 6-iron in anger after hitting from the hay, and first-timer, Harris English had to hit out of a fairway bunker into the hay because he had no other options. You gotta love it when you see professional golfers putting for triple bogeys like the rest of us who only play for fun.
2007 Masters Champion, Zach Johnson got out early and put a -5 under 66 on the board that turned out to be good for a one-shot lead after round one was completed for the day. Johnson only made one bogey in his first round, making most of his strokes on the front nine where he made eagle at the par five fifth hole, and made the turn at five under. He played the back nine in even par.
Johnson seems to have gotten past losing the John Deere Classic on Sunday in a five-hole playoff to a teenager looking for his first tour win. Jordan Spieth played well in his first appearance at a major championship, getting in the clubhouse at -2 under par and tied for ninth place after the first round.
The only Indian player in the field, Shiv Kapur took the outright lead at one point firing six under par on the front nine. He ran off three birdies in the first three holes, and after a par at four, reeled off three more. The back nine bit him however, making a double at ten, and a bogey. He got in the clubhouse at -3 under par, and in a tie for fourth place.
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