The British Open is being held this year at the par 72 Royal Liverpool course in Hoylake. It’s a long, 7,312-yard course, but the weather is holding up and some low scores and some good golf were very much expected.
It was no surprise to anyone to see Rory McIlroy race into the lead, shooting a magnificent 66 and giving him a one-stroke advantage.
Most recently, we saw McIlroy open up with a 64 at the Scottish Open last week, and a 63 at the Memorial the week before that. Each of those rounds was followed by less successful rounds in the 70s, and he ended up being out of contention for both tournaments.
Same goes for tournaments earlier this year. He started off well on Thursday’s rounds in both the Masters in April and the Wells Fargo in May, but got whipped on the Friday.
McIlroy puts it down to having no worries at all on the Thursday, but suddenly getting a whole heap of expectations to deal with on the Friday. But he revealed to the press he has a plan ‘to put those expectations aside.’ Sounds easy enough – good luck, Rory!
Perhaps the most welcome news of the day was that, for the first time since his surgery in March, Tiger Woods looked like he was back in the game. His recent efforts to contend haven’t amounted to much, but he soldiers on, determined to get back his form.
And he made a great start on opening day of the British Open, shooting a 69, three under par. Not too shabby at all.
Although starting with a bogey on the first hole, Woods birdied the fifth and, after putting an enormous 35-footer on the 11th hole for another birdie, went on to birdie the next four holes.
One stroke behind McIlory is Matteo Manassero, and one stroke him are two brothers, Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, as well as Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk.
Phil Mickelson ended up with an 74, and is tied for 84th place.