The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, Day 1 Features Crowded Leaderboard

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Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, England — July 15, 2021

The 149th Open Championship began today at Royal St. George’s on the shores of the English Channel almost due west of Dunkirk. After canceling last year’s event due to the pandemic, golfer’s and golf fans worldwide anxiously awaited the return of the oldest professional golf major to the British Isles.

Royal St. George’s Golf Club hosts the 149th Open Championship. Photo Credit: David Cannon / Getty Images

The course on the outskirts of the town Sandwich, England is hosting its 15th Open Championship. The links-style layout, there is just one tree on the entire 18 holes, will play to 7,189 yards with a par of 70. A single par 5 on each of the nines accounts for the difference from the traditional par 72 scoring standard.

The weather, known to change without notice on the English coast, was very cooperative on opening day. The scores reflected the conditions, 73 players shot par or under.

The Leaders

Louis Oosthuizen continues his exceptional play in majors. After hanging around the top of the leaderboard at the US Open, Oosthuizen is the day 1 leader at the (British) Open Championship with a score of 6 under par. After starting with 7 straight pars, Louis carded 6 birdies over the final 11 holes to stand alone at the top.

Louis Oosthuizen leads after Day 1 at the Open Championship / Getty Images

Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman are tied for 2nd at 5 under. After opening with pars on the first two holes, Spieth bogeyed the par-3, 3rd hole. Four straight birdies on holes 5 to 8 sent him shooting up the leaderboard early. A bogey-free back nine with birdies on 15 and 16 gave Spieth a round of 65.

Jordan Spieth lines up a putt at Royal St. George’s in the 149th Open Championship / Getty Images

Harman birdied 4 of the first 5 holes and another birdie on 8 had him to 5 under par. A bogey at the 9th cost him a stroke. Another bogey on the par-4, 12 had him heading in the wrong direction. However, Harman responded immediately with a birdie on the 13th and he added another on the 18th to tie Spieth at 65 for his opening round.

17 Players Within 3 Strokes of the Lead

Behind the Top 3, the leaderboard is quite crowded. Mackenzie Hughes, Dylan Frittelli, Stewart Cink, Benjamin Hebert, and Webb Simpson all sit at 4 under.

Andy Sullivan, Justin Harding, Danny Willett, Jack Senior, Justin Rose, Scottie Scheffler, Byeong Hun An, Collin Morikawa, Marcel Siem, and Tommy Fleetwood are all tied for 9th at -3.

Another 13 golfers are tied for 19th at 2 under, including world #1 Dustin Johnson, and the ever-popular. Sergio Garcia. Notables Brooks Koepka(-1), Rickie Fowler(1), Tony Finau(E), and Rory McIlroy(E) are in contention after Round 1.

Where are Those Guys

Bryson DeChambeau made headlines, not for his score (+1) but for his equipment critique. “That’s what I said yesterday or a couple days ago: If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that’s great, but with the driver right now, the driver sucks,” DeChambeau said.

After finding the fairway on only 4 of his 14 tee shots, DeChambeau was understandably upset. But, trashing one of your sponsors may not be the best way to express your feelings. A Cobra golf club rep likened Bryson’s outburst to an “8-year-old that gets mad at you.”

Jon Rahm(+1), Justin Thomas(+2), Patrick Reed(+2), Patrick Cantlay(+4), and Jason Day(+5) posted disappointing 1st-day scores. Phil Mickelson won’t be reproducing any of the magic he displayed in winning the PGA Championship earlier this year. He also won’t be playing on the weekend after finishing tied for last place (155th) with a score of 80, 10 strokes over par.

Highlights

Day One Leaderboard at the 149th Open Championship

Position Player To Par Round 1 Fri Tee Time
1 Louis Oosthuizen -6 64 9:59 AM
T2 Brian Harman -5 65 9:37 AM
T2 Jordan Spieth -5 65 9:26 AM
T4 Dylan Frittelli -4 66 9:37 AM
T4 Webb Simpson -4 66 4:25 AM
T4 Mackenzie Hughes -4 66 9:37 AM
T4 Benjamin Hebert -4 66 3:47 AM
T4 Stewart Cink -4 66 10:10 AM
T9 Byeong Hun An -3 67 10:54 AM
T9 Tommy Fleetwood -3 67 5:09 AM
T9 Collin Morikawa -3 67 3:25 AM
T9 Andy Sullivan -3 67 6:36 AM
T9 Marcel Siem -3 67 4:36 AM
T9 Justin Rose -3 67 10:21 AM
T9 Justin Harding -3 67 6:47 AM
T9 Scottie Scheffler -3 67 10:32 AM
T9 Danny Willett -3 67 7:20 AM
T9 Jack Senior -3 67 8:37 AM
T19 Daniel Van Tonder -2 68 1:46 AM
T19 Dustin Johnson -2 68 10:21 AM
T19 Francesco Molinari -2 68 3:14 AM
T19 Paul Casey -2 68 7:53 AM
T19 Ryan Fox -2 68 3:03 AM
T19 Chris Kirk -2 68 8:37 AM
T19 Corey Conners -2 68 3:25 AM
T19 Jaco Ahlers -2 68 2:08 AM
T19 Sergio Garcia -2 68 10:32 AM
T19 Viktor Hovland -2 68 7:42 AM
T19 Keith Mitchell -2 68 3:36 AM
T19 Brandt Snedeker -2 68 10:54 AM
T19 Christiaan Bezuidenhout -2 68 7:31 AM
T32 Guido Migliozzi -1 69 9:48 AM
T32 Brooks Koepka -1 69 8:04 AM
T32 Will Zalatoris -1 69 10:21 AM
T32 Abraham Ancer -1 69 7:53 AM
T32 Talor Gooch -1 69 8:48 AM
T32 Joel Dahmen -1 69 8:15 AM
T32 Joaquin Niemann -1 69 8:15 AM
T32 Marcus Armitage -1 69 6:36 AM
T32 Marcus Kinhult -1 69 8:37 AM
T32 Erik van Rooyen -1 69 10:43 AM
T32 Cameron Smith -1 69 5:20 AM
T32 Cameron Tringale -1 69 11:05 AM
T32 Yuxin Lin -1 69 10:32 AM
T32 Xander Schauffele -1 69 4:58 AM
T32 Rickie Fowler -1 69 4:58 AM
T32 Lanto Griffin -1 69 11:16 AM
T48 Lucas Herbert E 70 9:15 AM
T48 Richard Bland E 70 6:36 AM
T48 Billy Horschel E 70 2:52 AM
T48 Sam Horsfield E 70 7:31 AM
T48 Jason Kokrak E 70 8:04 AM
T48 Matt Wallace E 70 3:14 AM
T48 Kevin Kisner E 70 4:47 AM
T48 Jimmy Walker E 70 6:04 AM
T48 Max Homa E 70 5:31 AM
T48 Russell Henley E 70 4:25 AM
T48 Victor Perez E 70 9:48 AM
T48 Kevin Streelman E 70 9:48 AM
T48 Rafa Cabrera Bello E 70 4:03 AM
T48 Chan Kim E 70 6:47 AM
T48 Daniel Berger E 70 8:15 AM
T48 Harold Varner III E 70 1:57 AM
T48 Aaron Rai E 70 1:35 AM
T48 Takumi Kanaya E 70 11:05 AM
T48 Jazz Janewattananond E 70 1:46 AM
T48 Ryutaro Nagano E 70 6:15 AM
T48 Dean Burmester E 70 7:20 AM
T48 Emiliano Grillo E 70 3:47 AM
T48 Tony Finau E 70 2:52 AM
T48 Rory McIlroy E 70 5:20 AM
T48 Johannes Veerman E 70 2:19 AM
T48 Antoine Rozner E 70 5:42 AM
T74 Matthias Schwab 1 71 4:14 AM
T74 Shane Lowry 1 71 9:59 AM
T74 Kurt Kitayama 1 71 5:53 AM
T74 Bryson DeChambeau 1 71 9:26 AM
T74 Darren Clarke 1 71 8:26 AM
T74 Henrik Stenson 1 71 5:31 AM
T74 Lee Westwood 1 71 10:10 AM
T74 Brad Kennedy 1 71 2:41 AM
T74 Sam Burns 1 71 9:15 AM
T74 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 1 71 6:58 AM
T74 Jon Rahm 1 71 9:59 AM
T74 JC Ritchie 1 71 7:09 AM
T74 Bernd Wiesberger 1 71 8:26 AM
T74 Keegan Bradley 1 71 4:03 AM
T74 Matthew Fitzpatrick 1 71 3:03 AM
T74 C.T. Pan 1 71 8:48 AM
T74 Jonathan Thomson 1 71 8:48 AM
T91 Tyrrell Hatton 2 72 4:47 AM
T91 Ernie Els 2 72 9:04 AM
T91 Ian Poulter 2 72 7:53 AM
T91 Matt Jones 2 72 4:36 AM
T91 Branden Grace 2 72 9:26 AM
T91 Paul Waring 2 72 1:35 AM
T91 Rikard Karlberg 2 72 6:15 AM
T91 Patrick Reed 2 72 5:20 AM
T91 Padraig Harrington 2 72 2:41 AM
T91 Jorge Campillo 2 72 9:15 AM
T91 Shaun Norris 2 72 4:25 AM
T91 Daniel Hillier 2 72 4:36 AM
T91 Adam Long 2 72 2:08 AM
T91 Ryan Palmer 2 72 7:42 AM
T91 Charley Hoffman 2 72 3:47 AM
T91 Robert MacIntyre 2 72 4:58 AM
T91 Richard Mansell 2 72 7:09 AM
T91 Christoffer Bring 2 72 1:46 AM
T91 Thomas Detry 2 72 7:42 AM
T91 Ryosuke Kinoshita 2 72 5:42 AM
T91 Justin Thomas 2 72 5:09 AM
T91 Ricardo Celia 2 72 6:04 AM
T91 Brendon Todd 2 72 4:14 AM
T91 Chez Reavie 2 72 10:43 AM
T115 Adam Scott 3 73 5:09 AM
T115 Abel Gallegos 3 73 6:58 AM
T115 Joe Long 3 73 8:26 AM
T115 Brendan Steele 3 73 1:57 AM
T115 Sam Forgan 3 73 2:41 AM
T115 Poom Saksansin 3 73 5:53 AM
T115 Jason Scrivener 3 73 3:36 AM
T115 Gary Woodland 3 73 9:04 AM
T115 Marcel Schneider 3 73 11:05 AM
T115 Garrick Higgo 3 73 8:04 AM
T115 Sebastian Munoz 3 73 3:25 AM
T115 Troy Merritt 3 73 2:08 AM
T127 Rikuya Hoshino 4 74 11:16 AM
T127 Min Woo Lee 4 74 7:31 AM
T127 Laird Shepherd 4 74 7:20 AM
T127 Aaron Pike 4 74 2:30 AM
T127 Patrick Cantlay 4 74 3:03 AM
T127 Romain Langasque 4 74 2:30 AM
T127 Martin Kaymer 4 74 10:10 AM
T127 Matthias Schmid 4 74 1:57 AM
T127 Alex Noren 4 74 7:09 AM
T127 Matt Kuchar 4 74 5:31 AM
T137 Sam Bairstow 5 75 3:36 AM
T137 Haotong Li 5 75 6:47 AM
T137 Marc Leishman 5 75 3:14 AM
T137 Richard T. Lee 5 75 4:03 AM
T137 Carlos Ortiz 5 75 4:14 AM
T137 Nicholas Poppleton 5 75 6:15 AM
T137 John Catlin 5 75 2:30 AM
T137 Mike Lorenzo-Vera 5 75 6:58 AM
T137 Harris English 5 75 10:43 AM
T137 Cole Hammer 5 75 9:04 AM
T137 Jason Day 5 75 2:19 AM
T137 Adam Hadwin 5 75 2:52 AM
T137 Yuki Inamori 5 75 6:04 AM
T137 Lucas Glover 5 75 10:54 AM
T151 Daniel Croft 6 76 1:35 AM
T151 Joost Luiten 6 76 2:19 AM
T153 Connor Worsdall 7 77 11:16 AM
T153 Ben Hutchinson 7 77 5:42 AM
T155 Deyen Lawson 10 80 5:53 AM
T155 Phil Mickelson 10 80 4:47 AM