July 16, 2010 in Sports

British Open

 

A recap of the first round on the Old Course at St. Andrews

Leading: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland at 9-under 63.

Trailing: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa at 65.

Tiger Tales: Tiger Woods, who won the last two British Opens at St. Andrews, shot 67.

Record Rory: McIlroy’s 63 tied the lowest score in any major. It was the 24th score of 63 in a major, the eighth at the British Open and the second at St. Andrews.

Surprises: John Daly had seven birdies in his first 11 holes and shot 66. Phil Mickelson didn’t make a birdie until the final hole for a 73.

Luck of the draw: Of the 16 top players on the leaderboard, only four of them played in the wind and rain in the afternoon.

Shot of the day: Rory McIlroy hit driver to 15 feet for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole.

Low senior: Mark O’Meara, 53, opened with a 69.

Low teenager: Ryo Ishikawa, 18, shot 68.

Low amateur: British amateur champion Jin Jeong shot 68.

Key statistic: Only six of the 19 champions at St. Andrews since 1900 were atop the leaderboard after the first round.

Notable: It was the first time in eight rounds at St. Andrews that Tiger Woods was not leading after any round in the British Open.

Quotable: “The old lady had no clothes on today.” - Tom Watson, on the calm conditions at St. Andrews.


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