Hazel Irvine introduces the best moments from the opening round of The Open at Royal Troon, situated on the rugged coastline of the west of Scotland.
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It is here at last, the first day of the 145th Open Championship and I'm
sure it will be worth the wait. The 12 year weight since we were last
here at Royal Troon. This is the ninth time we've come to this corner
of the Ayrshire coast and it's a smart bet that on Sunday evening, an
American will be walking down this 18th fairway and onto the green,
taking the applause of these mighty galleries and pausing in front of
Troon's modest but rather lovely clubhouse holding the Claret Jug.
Why? The US has enjoyed a 54 year reign at Troon. Their players have
won the last six times it's been played for here.
Yes, with its famous par-3 Postage Stamp and signature 11th hole
running beside The Railway, The Old Course has sprung a few surprises
over the years but there is no surprise that another American, the
newly crowned US Open champion, Dustin Johnson, comes here as one of
the red-hot favourites. He is fancied to make it three wins in a
row this summer. He, like many others, isn't going to Rio for the
Olympics but they are clean to brave Scotland this week. What a field
this is. These are the worlds top ten players
right now and the four, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, a career-high number
two, Jordan Spieth and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy have taken it
in terms to dominate the game over the last couple of years. You could
make a case for each one of them and many more players here this week and
it is silver, not gold but they are chasing at Troon, the Claret Jug.
One of the most famous and oldest and most beautiful trophies in
sport. Last year it was Zach Johnson from Iowa who touched it to his
breast at St Andrews and he already owns a green jacket from Augusta.
How this year's Masters champion, England's Danny Willett, would like
to take this with him next year. You will remember the thrilling events
at Augusta when the Yorkshireman capped his composure as Jordan
Spieth was losing his with a brilliant round of 67. Called to the
cabin for the first winner in two decade since Nick Faldo. Targeting
his second major of the year and he had a 9:25am appointment on the
first tee, as did Ken Brown. The Masters champion is preparing to tee
off. The breeze is helping. Thinking about it, the driver out, and he's
going for it. The champion of the world. Danny Willett, the Masters
champion come up and running. Here are some of the headline attractions
in the morning group in this large field of 156. Jordan Spieth got
going alongside a fellow US Open champion, Justin Rose and the man
who got so close at Oakmont, Ireland's Shane Lowry. Danny Willett
in that power trio with Rickie Fowler still a major winner in
waiting and Jason Day, who broke his major duck last summer. And at
9:36am, McIlroy, teeing up for the first time since winning at Hoylake
alongside Matsuyama and two time Masters champ, Bubba Watson. But who
better to lead in the local boy made good, Colin Montgomerie who battled
through qualifying to return after six years away. The three-time
senior major winner hit the opening tee shot at 6:35am. All happening
just a wedge away from his family home. He made a double bogey but he
battled back, five birdies to go 3-under at the turn. You make your
score in the first nine and you protect it coming in. This was a
gimme birdie on the first the Johnson. Fellow American Patrick
Reed kick-started his round on the third. This one, straight in for
eagle. He went to 2-under par and picked up more on watcher, six and
seven with birdies to go 4-under par. Colin Montgomerie gave back a
shot on 11th and tried not to leak another one on the 13th -- on four.
This is a par putt and a half. Still 2-under, Monty. Chapman is proving
to be a real player this year and the Californian, lapping up the
Scottish Sun with a birdie on his first in his debut. Justin Thomas
ripping up the front nine, getting birdie on the first four and here is
another one on the seventh to move to the head of the field, 5-under
par. Amat has made huge headlines at St Andrews last year. -- amateurs.
Only two this year, and Scott Gregory won the amateur Championship
last month. His fourth birdie of the Day coming on ten, 4-under par, a
dream start for the 21-year-old. Light winds, sunshine, perfect
morning and look who's making the most of it. Six Americans on the
leaderboard. For Bjorn Alderson, coming here ranked as the 200-1
outsider. -- for Bjorn Alderson two Tour Bjorn
is the opening day of the Championship, watched by Andrew
Cotter, Ken Brown, Mark James and Peter Alliss. COMMENTATOR: Thank
you, welcome to Royal Troon. For the up team playing of this great
Championship and it's the most glorious day, or it was when I
picked from under the covers at about 5:20am, eager not to miss Mr
Colin Montgomerie's opening tee shot and the next few days are going to
be very different in terms of the weather. Play begun from 6:35am.
McIlroy. Here he is, and now he is at the 2nd holed. He drove to the
left on the first, finding a bunker, but made the putt for par and looks
like he'll do the same thing here. The opening three holes that very
simple, under 400 yards. Jimmy Walker. 2-under par, he's only
played four holes. A birdie putt and easy, what a lovely game it is on a
day like this, with the greens running true. 3-under par. McIlroy
is trying to finish off with par on the second holed. A good save --
hole. Jordan Spieth hit two beautiful
shots onto this fourth green. This is the three. I don't think he's
given it enough. He is assured four and a birdie, the first of the day.
Bubba Watson on the tee, you can see the close proximity to the beach. It
really is a golf course by the sea, here at Troon. That's a huge tee
shot, scampering down the fairway. Is it going to reach the green? It
could be a one, this could be the longest in history. Sorry about
that, did I drive through you? I didn't think I could reach! Now,
Justin Rose, the home hero. Great things expected this week. Justin's
supporters. Wiggling to the right. Steady.
Not the best swing from Justin Thomas, his second shot to ten. I
think something put him off. Rickie Fowler on the third, second shot
over the back. This is quite a lengthy chip for three. More
realistically, up and down for par. What they three -- a free. That will
get the blood pumping. -- a three. After that we at second shot from
Justin Thomas he's been left with this. Not much more he can do apart
from log it on -- lob it on and get within 20 feet. Elevated green,
running off on both sides, so he'll be careful it didn't run off. Bubba
Watson, after that majestic tee shot on the 382 yard par-4. This is for
two. Oh, Bubba. Bubba! The wind is freshening and Ken has been out to
see how it can affect play. I do like to be beside the seaside
and Troon is by the seaside, as you'd expect, there's a bit of wind
about. Let's have a look at the plan of the golf course. The clubhouse is
way in the distance. The opening nine holes, let's have a look at
this plan. We have the clubhouse here. And the first, second, third,
fourth, fifth and sixth holes all winning in the same direction and
the wind is generally playing from the West, that direction. So you can
see. These opening six holes all played down breeze, so they are
relatively easy and then there's a little loop at the end, 7-9, then,
11 and 12 going the other way and 13-18, it going directly into the
breeze. Those closing nine holes are really tough. You have to make your
score on the front nine and hold on the back nine. This really is a
fantastic place. These opening holes are critical. The back nine, by
jingo, so tricky if the wind is in the wrong direction.
Nestling in the hay bales and the ferns. Danny Willett for birdie. He
came up short. This is for 2-under after four. Oh, beautifully done.
The long par-5 6th. Spieth, from 255 with a long iron. Pitching just
short, I'd imagine. Ooh, short and right but what a friendly bounce
that was! You dream about bounces like that. Chance of an eagle for
Spieth. Hello! It should be the other way around, the dog should be
following the ball. Looks like he could keep off the chips.
Jimmy Walker, birdie attempt on seven. O, walloped them are well
done. -- walloped, well done. Dustin
Johnson on the sixth, the long hole. Lovely shot. Just firing it at the
pin, he really is, in great form at the moment. But these are the easy
holes. Spieth, for an eagle on the sixth. As he hit it? A bit of a
dribbler. He'll be a couple under after six. Solid start but this
field are tearing the front nine apart.
Thomas, in trouble on 11th. But not any more! --: 11. Isn't it a funny
game, one minute you are cursing and then you play a shot like that, the
ball disappears and then you are happy again. Kevin Chappell on 12,
this is for a birdie to go to 3-under par. Yes. The Americans are
really having a good day at the moment. A cheque on the leaderboard,
early days of course -- checking the leaderboard. Thomas and Reed were
5-under par moments ago. You can see that they are making hay on the
first nine, which you have to do under the these conditions, similar
to Royal Lytham St Annes, you make score going out because it is much
more difficult on the inward nine, especially the last six holes.
Coleman, rewriting up on 18. This is for a round of 71 after a double
bogey start. -- Colin Montgomerie wrapping it up. Well done. Not
looking great on the leaderboard, but a lot of tough holes on the
inward nine. Good performance. Jimmy Walker on the eighth hole. A
bunker off the tee he had to play out sideways, and going in for four,
only dropping one shot. Slight relief. Back to 3-under par. Danny
Willett. Chasing a long iron into the sixth Cole. Par-5. -- hole. Not
that long, judging by the height. Dutiful shot from Willett. A good
chance of an eagle three. -- beautiful shot. After the wonderful
tee shot, this is a birdie, for Watson. Five of the best played
holes you would see. Couldn't be much better than that. Well, the
first round players are in. Colin Montgomery was first. Despite your
experience and everything you've achieved, can you tell us how you
felt on the first tee? It was right up there. I have played in the Ryder
Cup if you times and that was right up there. Thank goodness it was only
a 4-iron. I hit a reasonable shot but after that it was a bit silly. I
had to finish the hole with a double bogey six but at the same time, it
was a great honour and I'm glad to get out alive and finished with 71.
-- finish. Reed on 12 after a wayward tee shot, chopping it out,
trying to judge the bounce and spin. My goodness, he's done it
brilliantly well too. Looking down from on high. McIlroy.
His third to the sixth. The longest hole on the course.
Reed. Beautifully controlled, out of the rough, making a birdie and
moving to 5-under par. He's out on his own, the by one. -- the leader
by one. Let's see if McIlroy can find a birdie on the sixth. Hit it.
McIlroy gets one on the sixth. Didn't quite reach the green in two
but a little pitch and in it goes, 2-under par.
Long par four, Justin Thomas, his second. Go left! Left! What a
cracker Jack. A birdie chance, not many birdies on 13 today.
Bubba Watson at the 6th. He is 4-under par. This is for another
birdie. He left his first putt a little bit tentatively. But he makes
amends, another one for Bubba Watson, birdies on the first, third,
fourth, fifth and sixth, tied for the lead with Patrick Reed.
Justin Thomas, beautiful second shot into 13, this is to tie with the
leaders. What a beauty. What a beauty. The 13th produces so few
birdies and he's made it, he's 5-under. The tee shot of McIlroy on
seven, Ken. 400 yards. You beauty. That is flush. Is it going to get a
decent bounce? Oh, my goodness, go on. Surely he's not going to drive
it 400 yards. Has he made it? Not quite. Just a little rise up to the
green stopping it, that was enormous. Kevin Chappell.
Run away, ball. Yes! Just enough pace to hold the line. What a birdie
that is, Ken, on the 13th. That is rare.
Justin Rose, reaching the turn with a birdie. So so from Rose, 35 is the
very least you'd expect from this gentle front nine. It was an
enormous drive from McIlroy, nearly to the front edge of the green.
Heavy-handed chip, but still a birdie chance. He likes it, he likes
it. He loves it. He has hit some good ones this morning, he struggled
to start with but McIlroy is moving through the field. 3-under, very
nice. We can see the top of the ball but he is a long way back. The wrong
line into this one. Look at that, he's moved it nicely, chasing it up.
Patrick's off. What a shot from Patrick Reed, it's going to scuttle
an. Oh, that's cruel. That was an extraordinarily good shot but look
where he is now. That's no reward for that.
Postage Stamp, Rory on the tee, a big gallery around it. That's a
marvellous shot. Has the overcooked it? He is drawing it, oh,
magnificent. What a shot. Hey hey! Well done. That was hanging on for
dear life, beautifully hit shot. Wonderful. Bubba, he's overcooked
it. Shooting through the breeze, it may be long. Look where it's
finished. That's an playable. -- that's not playable. As a
left-handed player I don't know if he can scoop it somewhere. Thomas
for par on 14, trouble in the front right bunker. He's rattled it in,
what a par saved from Justin Thomas. He stays at 5-under, in a tie for
the lead with Bubba Watson. You wonder how you can go wrong, you
look at the distance of the Postage Stamp, but Bubba Watson showing how
you can do it. Going over the back, the chip rolling back to here. That
is for a double bogey. Patrick Reed was in a bit of bother, in the front
left bunker. This is for his par. What a save that is from Patrick
Reed. Clinging on on the back nine, dropping a shot on 13. Just one
behind Justin Thomas. So, Bubba Watson birdied the first,
third, fourth, fifth and sixth. And now getting six on the Postage
Stamp. 124 yards of unhappiness for him today. After a brilliant tee
shot. Three birdies in a row, six, seven and eight. 4-under par, just
one behind. McIlroy, two, six, for Watson. So, the state of affairs,
Justin Thomas is on top. Moving into that group on 4-under par, McIlroy,
with three in a row. Kevin Chappell has been in all sorts
of trouble here on 16. You think it's a birdie chance, par-5, but
this is the seven. Eight, the Kevin Chappell. He takes an almighty
tumble down the leaderboard -- for Kevin Chappell. Justin Thomas on 15,
this is to drop just one. He pitched up to here. Going in for a double
bogey. Double bogey for Justin Thomas, slips back to 3-under now.
Great run coming to an end. Matt Jones on the fourth, this is a putt
for birdie, to go to 3-under. It looks good and it is, my word, what
a start. He is on a sizzler. Soomin Lee, the Korean 22-year-old. Winning
in Shen Zen earlier in the season. Getting two on the Postage Stamp. He
is tied for the lead now, 4-under par. Louis Oosthuizen on 14. The
most gentle pathway out there, perhaps. All sorts of trouble today
-- par-3. He needs something magical to happen. This might yet!
Oosthuizen! His albatross in the second hole at Augusta and more
magic from him. Back to level par, simple as that. The 1st hole in this
year's Open Championship. Danny Willett, a bit of a struggle here on
ten, a bit untidy. But this is for a five. One shot dropped. Quite
alarming, the ten, 11, 12, the scoring so far. Early days, but
sixes and sevens, a couple of nines. Patrick Reed for a par on 15. He
doesn't waste much time. Rather refreshing, and in she goes. So
easy, well done, sir. Soomin Lee, 4-under par. The
surprise package. A young fellow. It won't, it couldn't, it has! Would
you believe it? Finding the tradesman 's entrance, the back
door, going through the pavilion, through the patio doors.
Extraordinary. Out in 32, 4-under par. Well done, young sir. McIlroy.
Nicely done. Good par on ten. One or two sixes at ten today. McIlroy
finds his way through to the 11th tee, the dangerous 11th and Ken has
been to have a All the way down the right of the
11th is the railway line. It is out of bounds. This is one of the
hardest holes on the course. But look at why. BT is here. This is the
railway line. The difficulty is you are hitting across the anger of the
fairway. It is quite narrow and difficult to judge. If you missed
the fairway, come and have a look. All the way down the right is this
tremendous course. You think there might be relief on the left, but
there are certainly is not. You cannot see the fairway from BT. The
green is no pushover either. Looking back to the 11th tee and over the
top of the course at the top, here is McIlroy. This whole averaging 5.1
and it is a power for. Not often that happens early in the peace. He
smacks one away. Danger everywhere. He is unsure. He is on the sure. Oh
my good God. Where is he? He might be all right. Now, lucky.
Up ahead on the green at the 11th, or near the green, is gay. A super
little chip. For underplaying the tension.
Conditions are quite benign at the moment. There is a strong breeze.
This is his chance for an eagle. The simplest of birdies. He takes the
lead at four under par. A four way tie on the opening morning of the
145th Open Championship. It is Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy,
seemingly, one of a record seven wins. You can see the scores are
made on the way out, defended on the way home. Gary player said it was
the most difficult back nine in the world when the wind was blowing.
There is a breeze now and it is asking questions.
It was elevated green, surrounded by bunkers. He is short, yes she is. A
long way from the hole. Could have been a worse spot than that. McIlroy
at the 11th. There are short, very fortunate with his tee shot found a
decent life. That is a good pace. That is beautiful beautifully
judged. Coming up the last. A 3-under par. He is drawing into the
front left end into the breeze and that is brilliant. We won't see
better than that today. McIlroy gets is for.
Patrick Reed pouting for a two from long range. That is very well done
indeed. A good three. An excellent round he is putting together, but
one left. You would expect him to make a birdie at the 6th. Justin
Thomas finishes with a birdie at the last for a round of 67. The first
appearance in the Open Championship for the American. That is a tidy
card which included a double fogey -- double bogey. Excellent play.
Soomin Lee. You can see his caddy there. This is his third shot at the
11th. It is a beauty. It is a real beauty. That was the closest we have
seen a birdie there today. What do you make of Troon playing conditions
today? It is as came as we will see it. I try to take advantage of the
day and, that is what I was saying this morning, I have never played a
course where I literally have no clue what are the winning score will
be. I don't know if it will be over par, even power, under par. You
don't know. You play what you are dealt. A brave Taoiseach. -- key
shot. He will have that for a birdie.
Bubba Watson for a power. He has let things slip away dramatically over
the last four or five overs. He was steaming along and now level power.
Read at the last and he has done it. 66 shots for Patrick Reed. That will
take some beating. There is a look at his card. Patrick Reed's opening
66 equals the lowest opening round score at Royal Troon before. Lots of
good putts today the 24 is something you will look on with a lot of
pride. I haven't added up the stats but to hear 24 ports means a lot. I
have been working hard on it and I had a lot of putts today. They were
from just off the edges and that is the key thing. Back home, the greens
are much faster but we don't have this much wind. It is one of those
things I had to get comfortable with, hitting it hard enough and I
could do that. Pat Jones. A big hug after the ninth. He is therefore
too. It is a power for. If anyone can float one in their nicely it is
Rory. Going down the shaft, trying to keep the ball down a little.
Where has that gone? If that is it, that is an eagle shot he has left
himself. Matt Jones is at the front of the ninth and a good break off
the key. Up the slope. Up the slope. It dong. He joins read at the top of
the leaderboard. Nothing like a little snack when you have an itchy
head. What am I going to do here? Pictured in the bag? Lob over the
top? There is no chance of pitching it onto the green and stopping it.
Danger is if you miss it. Oh dear. That wasn't on the programme at all.
A glorious long putt at the 13th and he bloated stone dead. A birdie
chance year. Justin Rose, he has done it. He has made a birdie at the
15th. How about that for a card? His second birdie at number 15 today. He
moves to 2-under. 17 and Jamie Donaldson. For a too. He has got it.
2-under par for the Welshman. McIlroy. Oh my word. It is a double
bogey. The back nine really is something. The 13th claims McIlroy.
Back to 2-under. Porteus. Another birdie putt. He has just gone three,
three and another three. Who is this new man? Who is the stranger? Haydn
Porteous is the 22-year-old from Johannesburg in South Africa and the
one the Johannesburg open in January to qualify here. He recently posed
naked in a newspaper article called my sporting body. We have seen
rather a lot of him recently. There is McIlroy, sort of a little bit
plugged. He has got to get it out on the back of the green. The best he
could do. 20 minutes ago he was in the middle of the fairway faced with
the middle Ireland to the green and made a mess of it. People abruptly
dropped another one here, or maybe two. Fowler with summer break on
this one for his two on the 14th. Left to right. He gets back the shot
he lost in the 12th. Back to 2-under. Leading the way in this
group at the moment. It is a par putt for McIlroy. A long putt from
the back of the 14th. There should be a little bit of right to left at
the end. He is going to drop at least one of the back of that double
bogey on the 13th. He is unravelling a bit. Justin Rose, shorter and he
could've puttered through here. Plenty of green to play with. A
knock in a birdie to come for Rose. That would get him to 3-under.
McIlroy needs this one to drop just one. He certainly does. He missed
one of this length on the last. Not this time. Three shots dropped in
the space of 25 minutes. Here is Haydn Porteous, the young
South African going so well. Right to left. He is a rolling them in
just now and Haydn Porteous, the 22-year-old South African, leads the
Open Championship. What a run. Evil par, eagle birdie, birdie. Thank you
and good night. Back to Rory McIlroy. Just a short Aaron. What a
short Aaron. Write down the flag. A chance to get one back. This is Matt
Jones at the 11th. This is his fourth shot. He has had all sorts of
troubles on this goal. He has at least been able to hit it forward
and he hasn't done that very well and he has knocked it behind the
trees. That might be very difficult. Jordan Spieth. His chance of V2.
Hazard. He -- Spieth is into the red figures. Just trying not to rule
himself out of anything at this early stage. Matt Jones is in all
sorts of trouble on the 11th. Not the first to suffer here. This is
his sixth shot. Well left. There we are. The sixth shot was a beauty. It
is too gone, back to 3-under. A huge drive here. That is better. That is
well done. He is mercurial, you would say.
All sorts of problems for all sorts of people on the 11th. He goes to
4-under. He is the first to get a birdie on the 11th. Haydn Porteous
has made it cuts this year. He has missed his last three in a row. He
is enjoying his open debut. One shot ahead and he has only played nine
holes. Great to see Jamie Donaldson in. Further down, another good round
from Harrington. A par round of the back-to-back winner of this
Championship in 2007 and 2008. Jordan Spieth in trouble on 18th.
Jordan Spieth has had a drop on the 18th from way off to the right.
He is making heavy weather of the final hole. Good roller. What a
part. What a birdie on the 13th. They will all be trying that
technique. Why not? Jordan Spieth, third shot at the 18th. That sounded
a bit fluffy, didn't it? It certainly did.
Justin Rose, long birdie attempt. It is creeping on down there. He knew
enough added. Not to be, but a strong finish. Birdied 16. Powers on
17 and 18. A round of 68 for Justin Rose. Last year was his first top
ten since 1998 as a 17-year-old. He doesn't have a great record at the
open but a good start here. Spieth at the final hole. Making a big mess
of it so far. He just touches it over the top of the hill and that is
a drop shot. He deserved no better. He just fiddled about. Ends up with
a five. Just doesn't seem to see the lines on the greens here that he
would add somewhere like Agusta. Beautiful from Stricker. Plenty of
rounds in the 60s. One came from Justin Rose. A great way to start
the open. Are you pleased with the score? It could have been better.
Everyone says that but it legitimately could have been better.
Hit the ball fantastically well. It 16 greens. The only blips were six
and seven where I didn't birdied the par 56 which lead to frustration so
I was aggressive and easy shot on seven. Those two holes stop
lamenting that I was happy with the way I dug in. With the meat of the
course to come from eight onwards I put together a good round and a good
score. There were a couple that were left out in the first six holes.
Soomin Lee to avoid dropping his first shot of the day. A birdie
chance. The shot gone, back to 3-under. A none too convincing
bunker shot. It is a six. His first slip. Fighting to save par on the
13th. He let one slip as well. A big group on 3-under. Porteus. This for
his bogey. He drops 2-4 but nothing too serious. 4.85 average, the 11th.
A reasonably tricky par for. Bubba Watson at the final hole. Just to
the left of where his headers. Work was. A bit of movement. Beautifully
struck. Beautifully played. We have seen a lot of quality shots today.
Now McIlroy. McIlroy will probably be drawing it. We will see when it
bounces and spins. Pretty strict. A good shot. He will have that for a
68. Soomin Lee has a routine and he puts his left arm on his chest. He
is left. Confused by the reader. A rush of four birdies for McIlroy on
the front nine. He has had problems since then. This for a 68. He Reed
it pretty well, it just wouldn't come back. No damage with a 69.
Bubba Watson. A beautiful second shot down here. It has to drop and
it does. Bubba Watson closes with a birdie. A round of 70. Off to a
solid start here. Plenty of red on the card. Looking down the South
Beach, that is the view of the top of the leaderboard. Patrick Reed
with the 1-shot advantage over at Justin Thomas and Steve Stricker. A
good round from Justin Rose. He finished in the top ten at St
Andrews last year. Good progress from Richard Sterne E. He only
grabbed a qualifying pace at the French Open a couple of weeks ago.
Rory McIlroy, a round of 69. He is on the second page of the
leaderboard at 2-under. Let's hear from him. 32 gone out. He must be
pleased. I knew going into data that is where you need to make your score
on the front nine. Especially with the wind direction. Bubba had three
equal parts on the front nine. It is the nine where you have the make
your score and they did that and give myself a cushion going into the
tougher back nine. A lot of players are saying they just tough two
hanging on the back nine. I felt like I was hitting it better. I
didn't feel like I was hanging in. The six on 13 and I let it linger
and made a bogey on 14. That didn't help but it felt like there were
some chances. 15 wasn't playing as long as it has all week. 16 is a
reachable par-5. There were chances on the back nine. This is the best
we will see in terms of conditions so, thankfully, I am not too far
behind the lead. A decent day work. It into European Tour winner, Mark
James joins me. Rory making the point that there were chances when
he was coming home on the background. The wind dipped a bit at
that point. As he said, that could be a rare thing. It will be the last
time this week. Interestingly, it has dropped. It is very calm now.
The players who have got the calmest conditions for the 11 o'clock
onwards and somewhere around that is the cut-off point for the field.
Those players will be of very early tomorrow morning. The wind is
supposed to get up during the day but if it is quite for three or four
hours, those players who have had the best could have the best
tomorrow and could get a huge jump. Patrick Reed mastered conditions and
the breeze was in his is coming back. He seems to love Scotland. He
was the top scorer at the Ryder Cup a couple of years ago at Gleneagles
and one beautifully with a top ten finish at the Scottish Open. He is
coming into form at the right time. He is an interesting player. He gave
it everything at Gleneagles. I thought I would hate this guy, but I
liked him. I still love watching him play. He is getting better and
better and he will hang around all week and he really just looks
comfortable on this course, comfortable in the wind and he had
it tougher earlier. Yes, he is very dangerous in this Championship. It
is the Eagle early on that catapulted him in terms of his
momentum, straight in there and home with that record equalling open
round of 66. His lowest round ever in a major Championship. Great stuff
from him and lots of Americans on this board. Very little emotion from
him. Keeping everything in check. That bodes well for if he gets into
contention. He looked to have control of what was going on. Easy
to think the club up and your brain gets a bit scrambled. Let's find out
the Wii will be watching in the afternoon. It takes nearly ten hours
of tee times to get all the players under way and amongst the notable
ones in the afternoon, the trio he finished second, third and fourth
last times. Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood earning
his first top four in a major back then. Just after two o'clock was
when Dustin Johnson set out on his quest to win back-to-back Majors and
three titles in a row. Martin Kaymer and Russell Knox from Scotland. The
leading European on the US money list right now. Then came Zach
Johnson alongside former world number one Adam Scott and the sweet,
Henrik Stenson. They have come so close in the open before. Zach
Johnson was reluctant to hand back the Claret Jug but he has made a
positive start in his bid to retain the trophy. That is a birdie putt at
the 1st. Phil Mickelson has picked up a shot at the 2nd. Another chance
at the 4th. Taking the scenic route. He hasn't won anything since is
Murphy Triumph two years ago. Whatever Ernie Els? He was stung
into action after dropping a shot at the 2nd and has made two birdies
since then. His tee shot at the short fifth and that will set up a
run of three in a row. The Big Easy, 2-under for his round now. Back to
sack. Clearly love and cherish, the birthplace of the open, as much as
he did St Andrews. And Billy Horschel, soberly dressed today. A
birdie putt. He is how it looks. Patrick Reed
still unchallenged. There is now a 3-way tie. It is Thomas Stricker and
Horschel on 4-under and those making the best progress include the likes
of Richard Sterne E, 3-under 217 and Justin Leonard, the man who won here
in 1997, also 3-under 39. COMMENTATOR: Looking down on Royal
Troon, the delightful town of Troon itself, with its harbour. Wonderful
stretches of beach. Tidy little turning. Wonderful golf from Zach
Johnson. Cracking on well, the defending champion hitting one away.
Slightly anxious. No need. Came in nicely, well done. Nice
start from Mickelson. Finau from America, his birdie putt
on the 13th. Could be. It is, too. Went in nicely. 3-under. No dropped
shots at all. Zach Johnson, who has made a wonderful start to his
opening round. The defending champion. He needs a bit more club
to reach the green. Very straight, not the greatest of hitters. Is it
straight enough, bouncing enough? It certainly is. That's the way you do
it, scuffling along and getting it on the green. Sergio Garcia. Second
hole, second shot. I detect a grey or two in his beard, over the years,
but the shots remain startling. This is for birdie. It looks good
and it is good. A couple under already, Zach
Johnson. This is on the fourth, this is a chance for the eagle three.
Back at the bunker. Just misjudging the pace up the slope before it ran
down. Ernie Els, who has his putting problems but this is for a birdie.
He didn't hit it, did he? Well done, Ernie. As long as it disappears,
it's good. Another birdie, four birdies but that five and six, just
to keep him honest. Always looks sometimes he has his hands behind
the ball but he's very efficient at putting and he has been for some
time. His third birdie of the day after four holes. The defending
champion, after winning at St Andrews. Garcia for a birdie. Yes,
well done. Could it be his year? It might be his year. It all depends if
he can knock in a fuse putts. Westwood, for birdie. On seven. -- a
few putts. Well done. Reaching the Postage Stamp. He loves
a challenge. 124. Does he like it? He likes it, that's a crackerjack
shot. What a beauty. Delightful shot.
Ooh! Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Awkward little shot down
the slope. Delightful tee shot on the eighth hole, and spinning back.
Down the line very nicely, very steady. How's that for a
good-looking card? Dustin Johnson, now. The US Open champion. He holds
it -- holes it. A birdie, which was needed.
Justin Leonard, for birdie, going along very nicely. He's certainly
remembered how to putt. Look at that. Lovely card, out in 33,
starting home, nothing to it! STUDIO: Looking the south tip of the
island, there the leaderboard. Justin Leonard, would you believe
it, 1997 his year, he had an immaculate display of putting on the
final day with a closing 65 to beat Jesper Parnevik and Darren Clarke
and here he is again, on the leaderboard. Phil Mickelson also
rolling back the years, three years in fact to Muirfield when he won his
only Open title. He hasn't won any event anywhere since then.
COMMENTATOR: Stenson, second shot on this big, big par-5. He hit it well,
a towering shot. Has he got it online? Going at the heart, it's a
majestic shot. Absolutely sparkling shot, to the heart of the green.
Chance for an eagle. Johnson, much better angle, he can
see the flag. That's fantastic. What a great shot. After that wonderful
second shot of Stenson, this putt 43. -- for three. Eagle three. What
they putt. What a man. -- a putt. Beautiful shots.
Birdie at the 6th and the seventh, Johnson is 1-under par. Looking back
to the eighth tee, this is one of the great holes in golf and Ken has
been looking and he will tell us all about it.
Back on the hill is the eighth tee, the Postage Stamp, one of the most
famous holes here on the golf course. Very small putting surface,
15 yards by eight yards. I've marked out where the pin positions may be,
the four positions. Let's have a look at this one. So little margin
for error, if you have a wedge you can have a go but if you get it
wrong, have a look at this, you go down there, no green to work with
and a deep bunker. When you are on the tee with the wedge, the
percentage play, which is difficult, to try to hit the centre of the
green on this towel. From there, look how far you are from the flag.
Over there, ten feet, 15 feet here and about ten feet. The longest putt
is to the pin at the back of the green which is only 20 feet away
which isn't too bad, and it's uphill. When you are going for this
green, the Postage Stamp, play for the centre of it, don't chase the
flag, or you can be in a lot of trouble. Ken Brown, he knows a thing
or two. Kaymer on the eighth hole, can he follow his advice? Watch his
reaction. He looks to be happy. So happy! So happy! Good shot. How is
Mickelson's touch? Birdie chance on number nine. A little bit slow.
Winning at Muirfield, looking back on his career, he may say that is
his best, perhaps winning at the Masters. I think he thought he would
master links golf, but how about that, 32. Justin Leonard. A winner
here. A few years ago. It is doing its best for him. Remembering old
times. Just kissing the balls. He wasn't old enough to shave last time
he was here, look at him now. Phil has got one of his fairway woods. He
likes it. Very nice, he has a decent flag lie
as well. -- flat. This reminds me of the putt that Leonard made in the
Ryder Cup, smashing it into the hole from about this range and everyone
galloped onto the green. Not this time but it's a good putt from such
long-range doorstep thank you for reminding me of that, Peter! Those
were the days! 124 yards to the flag. Here is Zach.
Phil Mickelson for a birdie. He is 4-under and playing quite
beautifully. This is the 10th. The greens are in magnificent condition.
One of the worlds best. It's hardly surprising. Par, birdie, par,
birdie, par, birdie, very rhythmical. The Bay. If only the sun
shone more. Up to the 18th hole. Finau, 3-under. Par for a 68. That
could well be three. Zach Johnson. Beautiful two for him.
He moves to 4-under par. Finau on 18, after that delightful
second shot. This is to go to 4-under par. And he makes it look
very easy, 67. Very nice playing in deed. -- indeed.
Now, Mickelson on 11. A long iron, up towards the green. The wall on
the right. I don't think he quite got it. Pretty good, two putts from
Mickelson, pretty easy prospect. Johnson's second.
A style very much of his own. It looks on line. Yes, a good one
again. He's a very confident player, in a similar mould to Luke Donald a
years ago. Down the fairway, not especially long, a good short game,
a good head on his shoulders. Martin Kaymer, the first of this threesome
to play the second shot into the 10th green.
Now, Zach Johnson for birdie to join the leaders on 5-under. Ooh, so
near. He remains 4-under par. You almost feel that you can jump up
and touch it. Absolutely amazing. Mickelson for par on the 11th, to
stay 5-under. No bother. He's had a fantastic front nine and now we have
hazel. STUDIO: 19 years since Phil Mickelson first played Royal Troon
in anger. He knows his way around. This opening birdie for the
five-time major winner on the second. The next one would follow at
the 1st of the par-5 holes, the fourth. The Californian's birdie
putt on the sixth took advantage of another par-5. The is 3-under and
this is a beauty. The tee shot on the Postage Stamp, 420 square yards
of green to work with and that's enough for Phil, hardly a puff of
breeze now. A birdie, Mickelson firmly on a roll. And his putter was
in action on the difficult 10th, this is one of only six birdies
there to date and the Muirfield champion goes into a tie with his
Ryder Cup team-mate Patrick Reed on 5-under. We saw signs of it last
week in Castle Stuart and it looks like he may be onto something. So,
the thrill returns. The co-leader with Patrick Reed and the red, white
and blue of the US really dominating the opening day. Nicholson, one of
seven Americans on the front page. Tony Finau, the winner of the Puerto
Rico open, making quite a impression on his debut, not a single bogey in
his round of 67. What did you expect with your first open here at Troon?
-- Open. I am used to traditional golf courses, a lot of trees. I
definitely got what I expected, ailing style golf course and I'm
happy with how I started. -- a links style. COMMENTATOR:. Kaymer, after a
good start this is to go 4-under par.
He's got his putting boots on, looking very good indeed, smooth,
unruffled, unhurried. 4-under par. Second shot on the 12th, for
Mickelson. Hitting a little bit right of the flag. No risks. A lot
of players have gone in the gully. JB Holmes. The Ryder Cup player. We
under par. -- 3-under par. Mickelson, to get to 6-under. He has
misled that. He will get the par under his belt -- he miss read it.
With this wind, every hole is a birdie hole.
Justin Leonard. Birdie putt on the 16th. He's done it again. Could he
win again? Dustin Johnson. 1-under, second shot to the 11th. He's hit a
majestic drive. Steady, it's all right. Dustin Johnson certainly
arrived here at Troon in good form. two perfect shots, a tentative putt,
this is for par on 11. Mickelson. His second shot. He's
played... A nice little bounce onto the green.
Just about see the flag here on the ninth hole, Garcia.
Totally changed this green. What they shot from Garcia. Beautiful, he
really is a joy to watch from tee to green -- what a shot. Mickelson has
left himself this sizeable putt. Giving it the full stretch to the
flag. That's not too bad. Patrick Reed finished a long time
ago, 66. Mickelson, six left to play. Americans at Royal Troon. In
control. A bit further down, it becomes a more international
leaderboard. Good to see Jamie Donaldson, who has had his
struggles. Now, Stenson, his third to 11. In
the tangled stuff. What a shot. Wonderful second shot from Garcia,
this is for his birdie. And he's out in 34. In these conditions, there
are birdies to be had, even on the tough back nine. Write in there.
A wayward drive and second but a great pitch, Stenson. Can he make a
great four at the 11th? One eagle and all pars so far. This is to stay
2-under. No. Mickelson has reached the 14th, the
joint leader with Patrick Reed. The pin is just on the front left
corner. Nice result. Very narrow entry to this green. Andy Sullivan.
This is to get to three. Beautifully done, Sullivan. He's coming back to
form in recent weeks. 3-under. Really is Dead Calm out here now.
Mickelson, for his two on 14. A conventional grip for this length.
Sort of a reverse. What a beauty! Well, absolutely great. Going to the
top of the leaderboard, -6. A former champion is on the war path. Look at
the card, superb, no bogeys, six birdies. Smiling. Justin Leonard. He
used to roll these in for fun in his pomp. That's a shame, it was going
so well. But it's a birdie to finish for Justin Leonard. Playing in the
former champions's group. STUDIO: Phil Mickelson, one shot clear of
Patrick Reed. Mickelson missed the cut in the first two Majors of the
year, making up for it here at Troon.
COMMENTATOR: Stenson on 12, 150, to the pin.
Immensely long. Playing to the middle of the green. You can see
Johnson's ball in the bunker there. Soren Kjeldsen on the final hole.
Tiger leader. -- tidy. A birdie 467. Stenson's birdie attempt on 12.
Got to go. Yeah. Well done, third birdie of the day, birdie and an
eagle on sixth. Russell Knox. 3-over after three, so
he's trying to get back to level par. The middle of the 13th fairway.
That's a fine shot. Come on. The leading European on the US money
list. Now, Nielsen, chance for 67 -- Kjeldsen. Yes, indeed, two birdies
in the last three holes for the Dane. What a start here. Not a great
relationship with the Open Championship. We talked about
Russell Knox trying to get back from his par double bogey bogey start,
3-over. A couple of birdies, this is to go back level.
What a free that is on 13. Laser-like second shot from him. He
is recovering well now. An ugly start.
Championship leader, Phil Mickelson, this is to stay 6-under. Solid par
on the difficult 15th. The par-5 to come. Some wind turbines about to
head out into the Firth at some point. Ken Brown has been looking at
the 16th. The 16th is the last par-5, it is
basically a straight hole. These fairways are fairly generous, quite
flat and that there is a little gully ditch running over the fairway
that you must contend with. Second shot, you must decide whether to
reach the green in two otherwise you are going to lay up. Bunkers around
the green, it is a birdie opportunity but the key factor on
this whole, this little ditch running across the fairway. -- on
this hole. 235 yards to reach it. Generally this hole plays into the
breeze, so sometimes they might be able to clear it but you have to lay
up short, nine times out of ten. You have to land a reasonable distance
short of it. You have to hit your tee-shot about 285 and then you have
the best part of 250 yards so probably a couple of 3-woods. Is
anybody going to take on the ditch? We'll have to see. Is the last
chance really of an easy birdie, so you have to attack, that's for
certain. Mickelson, 290 two the gully. The wind is from the south.
They will be crashing at this with drivers. You can still get home from
there. Kaymer, Taoiseach on the 14th, a
very narrow entrance to the green -- tee shot. Absolutely dead still, the
wind has dropped away. Kaymer is going at it. Lovely birdie
opportunity to follow. It is a long way back just to be
sure. Bunkers to the left and the right. Down into the front right. A
lovely tee shot from Martin Kaymer. This would move him to minus five.
Yes, cried someone, no set the ball. Going along very steadily. To
Stenson. Dear oh dear. Missed putts coming thick and fast. Stenson slips
back to one. Now, westward. -- westward. Go on. In it goes. Just
about. Wrestle the pain away and it will drop. Let's have another look
at this. An eagle. That left him back up to level par. Mickelson
trying to emulate Westwood. He has given it an almighty thump. That is
beautifully played. Not easy to get that distance.
These are easy targets for someone like Zach Johnson. I fully expect
this within 12 feet of the pin. You are right, you are wise. He loved
that. Too good tee shot in so far. Louis Oosthuizen with a hole-in-one
earlier. I am still reeling from the short missed out on the last. They
are surrounding the pain. For birdie, Mickelson. This would get
him to 7-under. Oh yes. Beautiful. 7-under. He is opening a little bit
of space between him and the field. Great play from Phil Mickelson. At
46 years of age, Phil Mickelson could be on for his lowest round of
golf ever in an Open Championship. Two shots ahead of Patrick Reed and
only for counting events left until the Ryder Cup teams are settled, ate
lots of red, white and blue on the leaderboard. Not many Europeans.
Soren Kjeldsen, a real resurgence in his form since he won the Irish Open
last year. 4-under for the first day. You must be delighted. I played
really well and conditions were better than I thought they would be
so it was a nice combination of some good shotmaking, some good putts and
great conditions. A steady tee shot for Stenson at this 167 yard 14th.
It would be good to get a pop in here. Beautifully done by Stenson.
Moved back to 2-under. Mickelson, it one of the club and
the steps to this long par-3. Another beautiful shot from
Mickelson. A chance to get to get under. 63 might be on the cards.
Zach Johnson for his two on the 14th. A positive stroke, right in
the middle. Zach Johnson continues this wonderful opening round in
defence of his title. Five birdies, no drop shots, two behind Mickelson.
You think of all the 63 's Majors that have been done by numerous
people. Nick Price, Greg Norman, Johnny Miller, and humour. Nobody
has shot 62. That is still a tall order for Mickelson.
Fingers crossed he will beat that today. This is to move to minus
eight. He did it. -8 for Mickelson. He has a chance at the last. 340 62.
That would be some round. Never been done in Majors. They are all nodding
approval. Mickelson is in heaven. Let's see if Garcia can find another
birdie. He hasn't. Garcia goes to two. A popular band, as you can
hear. -- he has it. Let's hit the 3-wood. I am not
feeling as much wind as I expected it to. It is 267 to the start of the
bunkers on the left. 312 to the bunker on the right. He is heading
toward the bunkers on the left. Lucky, lucky. He will need a bit of
that. Take to get to the front left in from there. Par is the likely
result now. Andy Sullivan. This too birdie at 16 and get to minus three.
Well done. Putting the ship back on course after a bogey at 15.
Does he chase this flag? He just held onto it a fraction. Does he
chase the flag? Of course he does. That for a 60 to come. Mickelson
providing all the drama league in day here. He is unfortunate to stick
there and come up short but he is very good at this distance, Zach
Johnson. Just a little bit of chat. But for his par. The last time he
walked up this hill in competitive golf, Mickelson thought he was in
with a chance of winning. He finished a shot behind the man on
his right. He played too conservatively then. None of that
today. What a round he has played today. Zach Johnson. Save par on 15.
He has parted very, very well. Three behind Mickelson now. There have
been no fewer than 27 rounds of 63, this, for Mickelson, 462. -- for 62.
He will know exactly what this part is for. He will know what it means.
It is good. Go now. No. You cannot, you cannot leave it there. Maybe
just an inch. An inch from history. Not to be for Phil Mickelson, but a
very special round of golf. What a way to start his challenge for this
Open Championship. 62 survives on touched. 63 for Mickelson. He is as
staggered for the rest of this. What a round of golf. The course record
at Troon, so close, so close. It was the 1973 Troon open champion who
once said shooting a 62 in a major is like the four minute mile in
golf. That was the equivalent of a nanosecond away. What a round, what
the start. Feel the thrill is well named. Three shots in front. So, to
Russell knocks. One overpower. Very nicely done. Noise all over the
course now. He moves with a huge leap in red figures. He was 3-over
after three holes. Kaymer. A chance to get to 5-under. Good scoring
toward the end of the day. Beautifully done. Three behind
Mickelson but it is a tie for second pace. That is a tidy, can shot. Five
birdies and 11 pars. Sullivan at 18. Drawing one in. What a good shot.
Chance of a 67 for Sullivan. This kind of shot is his speciality, Zach
Johnson. Grid control with a wedge. Right at the flag. Johnson nearly
did the same as Russell Knox. Short putt for the birdie to come. Andy
Sullivan, can he close with the birdie? Oh, he can. Pours it into
the middle. A fine round from Andy Sullivan. Garcia for birdie. Yes.
Well done. 3-under now. To get to 6-under, Zach Johnson. A beauty for
Johnson. 6-under. Birdie, birdie finish to pay with Mickelson. Phil
Mickelson still trying to dig in the enormity of that mess at the last.
Could have been a 62. He will settle for a 60 day. It is the New Course
record at Troon. I wonder what his reflections on that extraordinary
Brown will be. Where does that record equalling 63 stand on the
list of great career rounds for you? It was a great round but I had great
conditions. The final round at Muirfield will always be my best
round of my career, but this was a tremendous round. I had a chance to
do something historical and I am heartbroken it didn't go in. I know
it was right in the centre and it just didn't go. Did you think it was
going in? It started on line and they had solid, I hit it with the
right pace. I thought I Reed it right. I knew it was in with the
food to go, I felt a surge of the javelin that I just sort -- shot 62
and then I felt the disappointment of not shooting the 62. It was for
pricking. Zach Johnson Tom Grabham -- it was heartbreaking. All sorts
of trouble down there. He is wide. Stay there. Stay there. It hasn't
finished. It has finished now. Could be an awkward stance. In a
leaderboard dominated by Americans the German Martin Kaymer stands out.
No bogeys on his card today, five birdies. This for another. Very good
effort from Kaymer. They are right to groan. Johnson after the
lacklustre tee shot, to say the least. Played it nicely. A defeat
left for his par. -- eight feet. No good for Russell knocks. That will
be a double bogey on the 17th after doing so well to get back up to
subpar figures. Slips back. Not a great day for British golfers. The
best of them is well-placed. Andy Sullivan four an apartment in the
clubhouse. Massively pleased. Always nice to get off to a good start in
an Open Championship. The scoring was favourable. Conditions were
quite benign so it felt like if I did not take advantage of it I would
had grief coming in. A solid start, even though it looks average now. To
save par, Johnson. An awkward one for Kaymer. Standing above the ball.
It has not been a great round. He had a birdie on the 13th. A bit of
drama here on the 16th. I am sure he will celebrate in some
non-flamboyant way. This 465 for Kaymer. He has played well. -- this
for 65. That is not his best part. A little tap in, a round of 66, a
great start to this Open Championship. His lowest ever round
in and open. Three behind Mickelson. Bradley for birdie. Oh yes. We have
seen a mix of pubs from Keegan Bradley. A misplaced drive right up
against the face of the bumper. Third shot now for Zach Johnson.
Near enough. Just died on the front of the green. Still a great chance
to save par and remain 5-under. Can Garcia find the birdie on this par
five which has given up so many? He can indeed. Garcia moves to 4-under
par. Closing well. Finishing strongly. The support is still with
them. Six birdies in the first 16 homes for Zach Johnson. No bogeys.
Everything was going swimmingly. Another bad tee shot here. Hacked
out of the bunker sideways. This, for a round of 66. No one likes to
finish with two bogeys. Surely not. Well, he will be disappointed. 67
for the day is a good round of golf. Just not quite the one he was hoping
for. He has got basically joined Garcia at minus four.
Right out the bottom of that leaderboard you will see the name
Zach Johnson, disappointing finish from his point of view. Bogey, bogey
at 17 and 18. Some happy sitting for a sack. It was Bobby Locke of South
Africa and Arnold Palmer who retained their open titles rated at
Troon. It has been done before and he can do it. Before I talk about
your round, how did it feel to be welcomed back as the champion? Very
nice, very warm, welcoming. Lots of nice embraces and applause. From the
RNA and the fans. It is nice to come back to a tournament you respect but
that you love. It is not always nice giving a trophy back but the last 12
months or so has been fantastic. You did a good job for the majority of
the round. It would suggest you didn't want to give the trophy back.
It was a solid day. A level of quality shots, opportunities out
there. A couple of nice recoveries and a couple of Arendt shot at the
end. I paid the price, as you should. It will by you hear if you
are not on your game. Unfortunate but with more positives than
negatives and I will continue tomorrow. Let's dig a breath. Phil
Mickelson is three shots ahead of the field. Patrick Reed and Martin
Kaymer, the top European in hot pursuit. Then comes the group in
fourth, all tied at 4-under par and it includes the top Briton, Andy
Sullivan of England. It also includes the defending champion,
Zach Johnson. Justin Rose looms large at 3-under. Also in that
group, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia. We have been following the
fortunes of some of the biggest names in the game and they find
themselves a long way back at the moment. If you have been following
Rory McIlroy, he is there at 2-under with Rickie Fowler, so to Adam
Scott. Colin Montgomerie hit the opening shot. Level par from Jordan
Spieth, Willett, Johnson and the world number one, Jason Day, a less
than average day, ten shots and the back behind the leader. Like many,
he was 4-under to the turn but it was pressing the accelerator on the
back nine that separated him from the challengers. We got a break with
the weather. The wind died a bit, changed direction, so this 10th and
11th was very tricky. A couple of nice shots and he has been working
on his 10th. This is delightful. The three at number ten was a real
boost. That was one of the rarest birdies today. This is the 14th at
the short par-3 and Mickelson seeing everything now. He played a cagey
shot and another one of the find at the bottom of the cup. He is gaining
confidence here. He has that look on his face where he is content. The
16th and you would think he would be in a lot of trouble but he makes it
look easy. It is a dangerous shot. It is difficult to get it out and
move it 18 yards. That was another birdie opportunity. His seven of the
day. He founded in and at 46 years of age, this gives them another
crack at the birdie. He played aggressively. He was trying to work
the ball in from right-to-left which he did delightfully. One of the best
T-shirts today. Again, if he can nudge this one, there is something
special on the horizon. He would walk to the eating knowing that he
had a chance not just to equal a golfing history with a 63 but to
write a whole new page at the 18th. Found the rough and played a good
approach. How that stayed out, I will never, never know. He couldn't
believe it. He had to be content with a 63. Just parked behind the
cup. He had a part like that at Phoenix. This one seemed to become
in nicely and just decided it wasn't going to go. He said he felt like he
played the round of his life and he still felt like crying. He said at
Castle Stuart he realised he had to do work on his like again and he had
a huge session on Tuesday. That seems to have made a massive
difference. There are a lot of parts taken from off the greens. He has
honed himself. He always practices but his confidence has developed. It
went from good to better and better. I thought he had shot the 62. He is
looking to be the second oldest champion ever after Old Tom Morris
in 1867 he was only two months old. Mickelson will feature in your shot
of the day. First of all, the Oosthuizen had a special job at the
14th. It was the par-3. 167 yards. That was more breeze about. With the
wind of the left, it is awkward. He covered the flag all the way and in
she went. Got back to level par. A special shot. Two aces after his
performance at the Masters. This was a fantastic shot. He nudged it in
low and it came off the Kosh and that was one of the shots of the
day. Such a quality striker. Mickelson on the same hole. Another
chance added to. He plays a similar sort of shot. A little higher, the
wind has died down a fraction. Watch this one. He struck it so well. A
lovely too. What is your shot of the day. This came at the 3rd. Bubba
Watson, driver, a par for, 372 yards and he gives it this wallop. The
pain is at the back of the green. Could you chase it on? It scripts
passed the bunker, runs down the edge, it must be the best of 390
yards. A bit special. Only Boboc could do that. He will be looking
forward to tomorrow. The wind is due to switch around. Relentless rain as
well. A beautiful summer 's day here in Scotland once again. Ken, it has
been an eventful day. We have had a hole-in-one, a horror show at the
11th and a very low number indeed. A history equalling number. It might
have broken the record but the day belongs to Phil Mickelson. It is
fair to say he has mastered Royal Troon today. Good night.
Hazel Irvine introduces the best moments from the opening round of The Open at Royal Troon, situated on the rugged coastline of the west of Scotland.
American Zach Johnson defends the title he won in a three-way play-off last year, while 2014 champion Rory McIlroy returns after withdrawing from the tournament 12 months ago because of an ankle injury.