Written By;

Carl Sengstock

Normally it is the luck of the draw whether you go off first or last in any golf tournament let alone a Major like the British Open Championship.

Today Mark O’Meara can attest to that.

This morning Mark teed off very early and the wind was howling and the rain was coming down like cats and dogs.

He proceeded to hit his drive off the first tee right out of bounds and took an 8 on the first. He never recovered and shot 43/38 and ended up 11 over par on the par 70 Royal Birkdale GC.

Matt Kuchar on the other hand teed off with a beautiful but cool sunny day and proceeded to go 5 under on the front for a 29!

He could only par in but that was good enough for a tie for first place with Jordan Spieth & Brooks Koepka.

Jordan had one of those PERFECT rounds with 5 birdies and no bogies. I love when that happens!

Brooks Koepka, fresh off his US Open win, had one birdie on the front and no bogies for a 33.

The back nine was very interesting, he started by parring number ten and then proceeded to reel off 3 birdies in a row! Next he had 2 pars, a bogey, eagled the easy par 5–17th and parred 18 for a 32 on the back side.

Neither Spieth nor Koepka have played in a tournament since their last win. Spieth won the Travelers and Koepka won the US Open. Looks like rest and practice is paying off.

Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel are only one shot off the lead. It is going to be one heck of a golf Tournment.

The weather folks in England are calling for BAD weather on Friday with 25 mph winds and rain. It will be fun watching from my living room!!!

I’m still keeping an eye on Ian Poulter who is only 2 back. He finished second to Padraig Harrington the last time the Open was contested here and the weather was terrible.

Lastly I have to say that Justin Thomas really looked good with his cardigan and tie today. Really nicely represented all the old timers who made our game so great so many years ago!

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