After a 68 year absence on Thursday, the Open Championship made its return to Royal Portrush and boy was it mean. In the first round under par, only one quarter of the field finished and some of the biggest stars in world, are not simply playing with cut-line but actually at bottom line of the leaderboard.
On Thursday, as Tiger Woods made his way slowly down the 11th fairway ,while the late afternoon sky started slowly curling around Royal Portrush, an elderly fan shouted in exhortation at the 15-time major champion.
“Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, you are the greatest,” he bellowed. “Tiger Woods, you are the greatest in the world!”
Rory McIlroy, countryman and course record holder, has shot an 8 over 79 through the 18 holes, his second worst round in the Open play. The Tiger Woods is just one stroke ahead of Rory McIlroy and both tied with Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson is only two, in front of Woods.
J.B. Holmes was the only one to incinerate the Royal Portrush by starting out 5 under, but the Brooks Koepka 3 under was also right, on his tail when the round 2 begins on Friday, July 19, 2019 in Northern Ireland. The Holmes is already off during the play and running again, while the Jordan Spieth is trying to make a run behind him, as the Koepka seems to be holding serve, while sitting just a few shots back.
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“I’m just not moving as well as I’d like,” Woods, 43, said, suggesting his surgically repaired back is not nearly as healthy as it was when he won the Masters in April. “Unfortunately, you’ve got to be able to move, and especially under these conditions, shape the golf ball. And I didn’t do it. I didn’t shape the golf ball at all. Everything was left-to-right. And wasn’t hitting very solidly.
“I didn’t do much out there today,” he added candidly. “I hit a lot of missed shots, they were all left. Wasn’t hitting it solid. Everything was off the heel. Just trying to scrape it around. Best I could do was seven over.”