day one as it happened
2025: Right, I’m going to wrap this up. thanks for reading, Sam Lyon will be with you on the morrow.
2020: Bit of a messy finish from Freddie Jacobsen of Sweden he was riding high at four under with three to play, but was rather deflated by a triple at 16, before a bogey at 18 left him with a level par 70. Oliver Fisher of England has had a disastrous opening round, he’s eight over after 15.
2014: A truly remarkable outburst from bendigo below. Yes, down with all those journeyman golfers Tiger’s been lording it over down the years, like Phil Mickelson. and Vijay Singh. and Ernie Els. and Padraig Harrington. and Sergio Garcia. oh, and Jim Furyk.
“Does the sight of a 59 year old golfer leading The Open till late in the day prove what a lot of us have been saying all along, that Tiger has won his majors playing against journeyman golfers who have no clue how to win a major?” bendigo on 606
1958: Tom Lehman, the 1997 Open champion, is in with a 68. Peter Baker still toiling away he’s three over after 16. the sad thing is, I remember when he was the bright young thing of British golf.
1954: I no longer have any pictures, in case you’re wondering why I’m not writing anything any more. Shot of the day? Goosen out of the bunker at 17. Bending on one knee, right foot in the sand, bal to within a few feet. Tiger gone? You get the feeling you had to fill your boots today, the wind is set to be up at the weekend. Not many Brits at the top of the leaderboard, but there are a few lurking at two under. Monty v Lyle has reared it’s ugly head again, that’s going to run and run.
1943: Of the players still out on the course, Tom Lehman is three under with one to play, South Africa’s Richard Sterne is two under after 16, Terry Pilkadaris of Australia is also two under after 11, but most of the big boys are back in the barracks.
1936: Daly, who looks a little bit like a pint of mojito, rolls his lengthy par putt by, but he should stick that in for a 68. Francesco Molinari drops back to one under after a double at 16. Daly is in for 68, and his missus loves that. Paul McGinley of Ireland in with a 69.
1933: Still quite a few players out on the course, and John Daly is right in among the leaders. oh my days, he’s gone and stuck his ball into some cabbage front right of 18. He slashes out, but he’s got a brute of a putt for par.
1926: Paul Lawrie, the 1999 champion, is in with a 71. Freddie Jacobsen makes a fine save at 16, although it was for a triple. The Swede is back to one under. Davis Love makes birdie at the last for a round of 69, including a back nine covered in 32.
1923: Is there anyone in the world who wouldn’t want Miguel Angel Jimenez as their favourite uncle? Stogies galore, Rioja by the bucketfall, he’s the sort of bloke who’d end up holding court at your 18th birthday party, despite the fact that most of your mates wouldn’t have a clue what he was talking about.
1920: Jacobsen is the latest to go after the pin at 16, and the latest to see his ball gobbled up by Wilson’s Burn. Daly for eagle at 17, but it darts an inch to the left. He’s three under though. Jacobsen finally on at 16, but he’s got a 10 footer for a triple.
1917: Hit it, Padraig! He leaves his birdie putt short at 18, but he’s in with a very respectable 69. He’ll have bitten your hand off it you’d offered him that before the start of play.
1915: Ogilvy to within a couple of inches with his fourth at 18, but that will be another shot gone for the Aussie. Molinari of Italy three putts at 15 to drop back to three under, before Furyk leaves his birdie putt left of the hole at 18. The American in for a 67,
plenty of money will be poured on him this evening.
1913: Furyk safely on in two at 18, as is Padraig. He’ll have a 15 footer across the green for a round of 68. John Daly hits a doozy of a second into the par five 17th he only needs a three wood and a nine iron and he’s got an eagle putt to get to four under.
1910: Lawrie leaves his eagle putt short at 17, but he taps in to get back to one under. Plenty of old heads strutting their stuff as the evening draws in, and here’s Tom Lehman making a monster birdie putt disappear at 16 to move to three under.
1905: Paul Lawrie, champion in 1999, is two over after 16. He’s playing with Davis Love, who’s playing in his 23rd successive Open, has a lengthy birdie putt, but comes up short to stay level.
1905: Angel Cabrera, the Masters champion, is in with a 69. Harrington has muscled his drive down the right of the 18th fairway, no dramas there. John Daly at 17, and he’s absolutely clobbered a three wood down the middle. The 1995 champion is two under. Jacobsen of Sweden makes par at 15 to stay four under.
1859: Harrington with a rather meek birdie putt at 17, he’ll pop that in for yet another par. Ogilvy almost back to three over, but his ball dives right at the last second. Paul Casey, the world number three, pars 18 to finish with a 68. He’s joint top Briton with McDowell, Westwood, David Howell and Anthony Wall. Furyk makes birdie at 17, he’s three under.
1855: Ogilvy has got an almost exact replica of Goosen’s bunker shot at 17 one knee down on the edge, and he gets almost as good a result, sending his ball vertical and to within 15 feet of the flag. Furyk leaves his long eagle putt short, he’ll have a birdie putt to go three under. Freddie Jacobsen, four under, unfurls a beauty at the par three 15th.
1849: Ogilvy, who’s four over, tugs his second at 17 into a green side bunker. Furyk has found the front edge in two, and Harrington pulls out a gem, he’ll have a makeable eagle putt.
1849: The handbags are out again! Sandy Lyle has reignited his feud with fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie, calling him a “drama queen” in an interview on 5 Live. I think Sandy’s got a point, I’ve always thought Monty would make a delightful Widow Twanky.
1846: JB Holmes of the United States with a save at the last, he’s in with a 68. Not a great day for Poulter five under outfit, five over round.
1840: Italian Francesco Molinari birdies 12 to join the group on four under. And I’m handing back to Dirsy with Paul Casey in all sorts of bother in the bunker on 17. So much trouble I’m ending with a Brit down graphic. Cheerio.
1839: Harrington does really well to get out of the rough stuff, but he’s got a tricky 12 footer for par at 16. Jimenez trickles on to the cusp of the green at 18 two putts for a 65.
1834: Ian Poulter, of course, is five over not under. Only a clown would get that wrong. Paul Casey’s another disappointment this afternoon, even though he’s still two under, it could have been a whole lot better.
1832: Padraig Harrington, presumably scared witless of ending up in the burn at 16, sends his tee shot a country mile left it probably would have missed another green. He’ll do well to get up and down from there.
1824: The horror show continues for Ian Poulter, and I’m not talking about his choice of kit. He’s off the green at 17 in thick rough and chips into the middle of the green, still miles away from the flag. He’s five over, and I wouldn’t bet on him making the cut this time tomorrow.
1820: After a brilliant approach to the 15th, Padraig Harrington watches his birdie putt curl agonisingly around the hole,
steadfastly refusing to drop. He stays on one under and no one but no one will be discounting the three time major winner.