2007 Masters Champ, Zach Johnson, fired an opening round -5 under par 66 early on Thursday morning at the 143rd Open Championship which was good for a one-shot lead when play finished at Muirfield Golf Club. His -5 under total came under fire later in the day by an unknown from India, but Johnson’s score prevailed. Tiger Woods finished his day at -2 under par, three strokes back, but the world’s number two, Rory McIlroy wasn’t as fortunate. Rory matched Sir Nick Faldo’s 79, and is in danger already of missing yet another cut in the 2013 season.
“I don’t know what the secret is,” Johnson said. “I hit some nice shots and obviously I putted really, really well.”
This is why Phil Mickelson is the new ambassador of golf. He always seems to say, and do the right thing. This is a good read from Jay Hart at Devil Ball Golf. Devil Ball Golf is a feature of Yahoo Sports.
We all have seen some pretty rank weather, and course layouts at The Open Championships throughout the years, it’s part of the deal when you get to play in the world’s oldest golf tournament. Some of the golfers were somewhat critical with the pin placements on Thursday at Muirfield, saying the R&A was afraid the scores would go too low.
Even the world’s greatest golfer has first-tee jitters. Tiger Woods double-crossed his five wood on the first tee Thursday, but recovered nicely to card a -2 score for the first round of the Open Championship.
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