JB Holmes Leads the Open Championship, Tiger and Rory Blow Up on Day 1

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Royal Portrush Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland — July 18, 2019

The 148th edition of The Open is being played this year at Royal Portrush Golf Club on the Dunluce course. Formed in 1888, the layout is considered one of the finest links courses in the world.

Photo Courtesy of Royal Portrush Golf Club

Open Championship

Just to be clear, if you are on the other side of the pond this tournament is called the “Open Championship.” Note the lower case “t” in “the,” signifies it is not a part of the official name. We used to call it the “British Open,” heaven forbid. Yes, the Brits invented the game, built the first courses, and held the first open tournament. The U.S. Open is named to differentiate itself from the open held in the UK.

Even calling it “The Open” gets under the skin of purists at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the keepers of everything that is sacred in golf. But, we will persist in using that terminology with a few Open Championship references thrown in. Just in case I make it over to the isles to cover it live at some point.

Tiger and Rory

Two of the biggest names in the field of 156 golfers, likely played themselves out of the tournament on Day 1. Tiger Woods was right when he said his game was not ready for The Open. He shot seven over par, tied for 144th and sure to miss the cut after tomorrow’s round.

Tiger Woods at the Open Championship / Photo Courtesy of theopen.com

Rory McIlroy quadruple bogeyed the first hole and was four over par heading to the 2nd hole. He probably should have turned around headed back to the clubhouse. A bogey on the 3rd was followed by birdies on seven and nine. But, a double bogey on the par-three 16th and a triple bogey on the par-four 18th left him eight over par for the day, tied for 150th.

Rory McIlroy Greets Fans at the Open Championship / Photo Courtesy of theopen.com

The Worst Round of the Day

David Duval won the Open Championship in 2001 and was ranked number one in the world. Duval posted a round of 20 over par. He started with birdies on the first two holes. A quadruple-bogey eight on the par-four 5th hole was not the highest number he had to record for the day. He carded 14 strokes on the par-five 7th hole when he played the wrong ball through the hole and essentially had to play the hole over.

Round 1 Leader

JB Holmes is the first-round leader. A bogey combined with six birdies gave him a score of 66, five under on the day.

J.B. Holmes Leads After Day 1 at the Open Championship. Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

Shane Lowry in one stroke back at four under. Thirteen players are tied for third at three-under. Including favorites Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Lee Westwood, Tony Finau, John Rahm, Webb Simpson, and Sergio Garcia.

Brooks Koepka at the Open Championship / Photo Courtesy of theopen.com

Other Notables

Jordan Spieth is one under, tied for 20th, along with Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar. Dustin Johnson is one over par and tied for 54th. Bubba Watson and Paul Casey joined Johnson in the group scoring 72 on Day 1. Phil Mickelson is 10 strokes out of the lead after shooting a five-over-par 76.

Leader Board

Position Player To Par R1
1 J.B. Holmes -5 66
2 Shane Lowry -4 67
T3 Alexander Noren -3 68
T3 Webb Simpson -3 68
T3 Sergio Garcia -3 68
T3 Dylan Frittelli -3 68
T3 Robert MacIntyre -3 68
T3 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -3 68
T3 Ryan Fox -3 68
T3 Tyrrell Hatton -3 68
T3 Tommy Fleetwood -3 68
T3 Brooks Koepka -3 68
T3 Lee Westwood -3 68
T3 Tony Finau -3 68
T3 Jon Rahm -3 68
T16 Romain Langasque -2 69
T16 Justin Rose -2 69
T16 Sang-hyun Park -2 69
T16 Ashton Turner -2 69
T20 Charley Hoffman -1 70
T20 Andrew Putnam -1 70
T20 Eddie Pepperell -1 70
T20 Branden Grace -1 70
T20 Henrik Stenson -1 70
T20 Russell Knox -1 70
T20 Bernd Wiesberger -1 70
T20 Rickie Fowler -1 70
T20 Kevin Kisner -1 70
T20 Si Woo Kim -1 70
T20 Callum Shinkwin -1 70
T20 Rory Sabbatini -1 70
T20 Erik van Rooyen -1 70
T20 Shubhankar Sharma -1 70
T20 Louis Oosthuizen -1 70
T20 Jordan Spieth -1 70
T20 Cameron Smith -1 70
T20 Lucas Bjerregaard -1 70
T20 Jason Day -1 70
T20 Matt Kuchar -1 70
T20 Patrick Cantlay -1 70
T20 Yuki Inamori -1 70
T42 James Sugrue (a) E 71
T42 Darren Clarke E 71
T42 Zander Lombard E 71
T42 Matthew Fitzpatrick E 71
T42 Sung-jae Im E 71
T42 Hideki Matsuyama E 71
T42 Mikumu Horikawa E 71
T42 Justin Thomas E 71
T42 Justin Harding E 71
T42 Ernie Els E 71
T42 Patrick Reed E 71
T42 Doc Redman E 71
T54 Bubba Watson 1 72
T54 Mikko Korhonen 1 72
T54 Curtis Knipes (a) 1 72
T54 Connor Syme 1 72
T54 Corey Conners 1 72
T54 Paul Casey 1 72
T54 Inn-choon Hwang 1 72
T54 Thomas Pieters 1 72
T54 Thorbjorn Olesen 1 72
T54 Aaron Wise 1 72
T54 Brandon Stone 1 72
T54 Nino Bertasio 1 72
T54 Lucas Glover 1 72
T54 Abraham Ancer 1 72
T54 Brian Harman 1 72
T54 Dustin Johnson 1 72
T54 Gunn Charoenkul 1 72
T54 Yosuke Asaji 1 72
T72 Emiliano Grillo 2 73
T72 Alexander Levy 2 73
T72 Brandon Wu (a) 2 73
T72 Rafael Cabrera Bello 2 73
T72 Andrea Pavan 2 73
T72 Andrew Johnston 2 73
T72 Oliver Wilson 2 73
T72 Graeme McDowell 2 73
T72 Jim Furyk 2 73
T72 Luke List 2 73
T72 Benjamin Hebert 2 73
T72 Prom Meesawat 2 73
T72 Chris Wood 2 73
T72 Byeong-Hun An 2 73
T72 Shaun Norris 2 73
T72 Chez Reavie 2 73
T72 Takumi Kanaya (a) 2 73
T72 Joost Luiten 2 73
T72 Keegan Bradley 2 73
T72 Matt Wallace 2 73
T72 Adrian Otaegui 2 73
T72 Patton Kizzire 2 73
T94 Sung Kang 3 74
T94 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 3 74
T94 Ryan Palmer 3 74
T94 Xander Schauffele 3 74
T94 Li Haotong 3 74
T94 Jason Kokrak 3 74
T94 Zach Johnson 3 74
T94 Francesco Molinari 3 74
T94 Bryson DeChambeau 3 74
T94 Gary Woodland 3 74
T94 Jimmy Walker 3 74
T94 Stewart Cink 3 74
T94 Kurt Kitayama 3 74
T94 Jazz Janewattananond 3 74
T94 Danny Willett 3 74
T94 David Lipsky 3 74
T94 Adam Hadwin 3 74
T94 Brandt Snedeker 3 74
T94 Doyeob Mun 3 74
T113 Chan Kim 4 75
T113 Padraig Harrington 4 75
T113 Sam Locke 4 75
T113 Kyle Stanley 4 75
T113 Ian Poulter 4 75
T113 Austin Connelly 4 75
T113 Paul Waring 4 75
T113 Nate Lashley 4 75
T113 Jack Senior 4 75
T113 Adri Arnaus 4 75
T113 Keith Mitchell 4 75
T113 Paul Lawrie 4 75
T113 Tom Lewis 4 75
T113 Isidro Benitez 4 75
T113 Yoshinori Fujimoto 4 75
T128 Andy Sullivan 5 76
T128 Matthias Schmid (a) 5 76
T128 Phil Mickelson 5 76
T128 Joaquin Niemann 5 76
T128 Jorge Campillo 5 76
T128 Joel Dahmen 5 76
T128 Jake McLeod 5 76
T128 Dong-Kyu Jang 5 76
T128 Billy Horschel 5 76
T128 Robert Rock 5 76
T128 Yuta Ikeda 5 76
T128 Andrew Wilson 5 76
T140 Mike Lorenzo-Vera 6 77
T140 C.T. Pan 6 77
T140 Alexander Bjork 6 77
T140 Kevin Streelman 6 77
T144 Richard Sterne 7 78
T144 Adam Scott 7 78
T144 Matthew Baldwin 7 78
T144 Tom Lehman 7 78
T144 Marc Leishman 7 78
T144 Tiger Woods 7 78
T150 Rory McIlroy 8 79
T150 Garrick Porteous 8 79
152 Miguel Angel Jimenez 11 82
T153 Thomas Thurloway (a) 12 83
T153 Shugo Imahira 12 83
T153 Dimitrios Papadatos 12 83
156 David Duval 20 91

 

Look to The Lasco Press for complete round-by-round of The Open through Sunday’s Final Round.