An Amateur Leads The Open Championship After Day One

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Royal Liverpool Golf Course, Hoylake, Wirral, England — July 20, 2023

The 151st Open Championship (British Open) teed off at 1:35 am Eastern time (6:35 am local time) at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course. Early morning starters were just finishing up as American workers were finishing their first cup of coffee at the office.

If you tuned in at that time, you might have been surprised to see an amateur at the top of the leaderboard. Christo Lamprecht, from South Africa, carded a five-under-par 66 to set the early pace. Lamprecht, the Georgia Tech collegiate, is not hard to spot on the course. He stands six foot, eight inches tall. He won this year’s Amateur Championship (British) and is currently ranked third in the world among men’s amateur golfers.

Christo Lamprecht / Photo Courtesy of theopen.com

Tommy Fleetwood joined Lamprecht as the leader in the clubhouse two hours later. Fleetwood, two under par after 11 holes, made three birdies in a row on 14,15,16 to match the leader at five under.

Stewart Cink and Wyndham Clark, two other morning starters, shot three under 68 to sit two strokes off the lead.

Rickie Fowler, the Rocket Mortgage Classic champion, fashioned a competitive round sitting two under par after 17 holes. A score that would have tied him for fifth at the time. A birdie on the par-five 18 would have put him in the middle of the mix.

Unfortunately, Fowler hit two consecutive shots out of bounds, where the hole narrows drastically at the green. A triple bogey eight dropped him to one over par and in a tie for 50th.

Many of the game’s biggest names were set to play in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day at Hoylake, by British standards, with mostly clear blue skies, temperatures in the low 60s F, winds at 12-14 mph, and occasional gusts slightly higher.

Late Starters

Surprisingly the golfers who teed off later in the day at Royal Liverpool did not light up the leaderboard with low scores, given the favorable weather. Emiliano Grillo started with bogeys on the first and third holes. He got back to even par with two birdies on the front side. Then Grillo made five birdies on the back nine to tie for the lead at five under.

Antoine Rozner and Adrian Otaegui each combined six birdies with two bogeys to finish at four under. Brian Harman joined the group in a tie for the fourth position.

It was not a great day for the stars of the PGA tour, as the course took its toll on big names. Max Homa managed to card a score of three under, and Jordan Spieth two under. A group of 14 players came in at one under. It included Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Keegan Bradley, Viktor Hovland, and Scottie Scheffler.

Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy struggled to a score of even par 71 and sits five strokes off the lead. Defending Open Champion Cameron Smith paired four birdies with five bogeys to sit at one over for the opening day.

Rory McIlroy / Photo Courtesy of theopen.com

World number three, Jon Rahm shot three over and is eight strokes back. He will have some work to do to avoid missing the cut tomorrow. Justin Thomas made a nine on the 18th and counted up 82 stories to drop to the bottom of the standings. He will be packing his bags for a quick exit after Friday’s round.

Leaderboard

POS Golfer TO PAR Round 1
T1 Tommy Fleetwood -5 66
T1 Emiliano Grillo -5 66
T1 Christo Lamprecht(a) -5 66
T4 Antoine Rozner -4 67
T4 Adrian Otaegui -4 67
T4 Brian Harman -4 67
T7 Stewart Cink -3 68
T7 Alex Noren -3 68
T7 Michael Stewart -3 68
T7 Shubhankar Sharma -3 68
T7 Wyndham Clark -3 68
T7 Max Homa -3 68
T13 Jordan Spieth -2 69
T13 Oliver Wilson -2 69
T13 Matthew Jordan -2 69
T13 Guido Migliozzi -2 69
T13 Si Woo Kim -2 69
T13 Alexander Bjork -2 69
T19 Sungjae Im -1 70
T19 Romain Langasque -1 70
T19 Patrick Cantlay -1 70
T19 Xander Schauffele -1 70
T19 Brooks Koepka -1 70
T19 Hideki Matsuyama -1 70
T19 David Lingmerth -1 70
T19 Keegan Bradley -1 70
T19 Richard Bland -1 70
T19 Viktor Hovland -1 70
T19 Scottie Scheffler -1 70
T19 Thomas Pieters -1 70
T19 Patrick Reed -1 70
T32 Brandon Robinson-Thompson E 71
T32 Marcel Siem E 71
T32 Matthew Southgate E 71
T32 Min Woo Lee E 71
T32 Zack Fischer E 71
T32 Seamus Power E 71
T32 Nicolai Hojgaard E 71
T32 Lucas Herbert E 71
T32 J.T. Poston E 71
T32 Thriston Lawrence E 71
T32 Jordan Smith E 71
T32 Rory McIlroy E 71
T32 Sepp Straka E 71
T32 Joost Luiten E 71
T32 Laurie Canter E 71
T32 Tyrrell Hatton E 71
T48 Shane Lowry +1 72
T48 Kalle Samooja +1 72
T48 Nacho Elvira +1 72
T48 Hurly Long +1 72
T48 Adam Scott +1 72
T48 Pablo Larrazabal +1 72
T48 Jason Day +1 72
T48 Keita Nakajima +1 72
T48 Abraham Ancer +1 72
T48 Matt Fitzpatrick +1 72
T48 Ockie Strydom +1 72
T48 Adrian Meronk +1 72
T48 Alex Maguire +1 72
T48 Kurt Kitayama +1 72
T48 Cameron Young +1 72
T48 Cameron Smith +1 72
T48 Tom Hoge +1 72
T48 Rickie Fowler +1 72
T66 Jose Luis Ballester Barrio +2 73
T66 Corey Conners +2 73
T66 Branden Grace +2 73
T66 Darren Clarke +2 73
T66 Gary Woodland +2 73
T66 Kazuki Higa +2 73
T66 Nick Taylor +2 73
T66 Richie Ramsay +2 73
T66 Danny Willett +2 73
T66 Francesco Molinari +2 73
T66 Henrik Stenson +2 73
T66 Sam Burns +2 73
T66 Martin Rohwer +2 73
T66 Collin Morikawa +2 73
T66 Christiaan Bezuidenhout +2 73
T66 Andrew Putnam +2 73
T66 Tony Finau +2 73
T66 Thorbjorn Olesen +2 73
T66 Byeong Hun An +2 73
T66 Takumi Kanaya +2 73
T66 Russell Henley +2 73
T66 Billy Horschel +2 73
T66 Kazuki Yasumori +2 73
T89 Ewen Ferguson +3 74
T89 Oliver Farr +3 74
T89 Robert MacIntyre +3 74
T89 Jon Rahm +3 74
T89 Talor Gooch +3 74
T89 Victor Perez +3 74
T89 Thomas Detry +3 74
T89 Padraig Harrington +3 74
T89 Haydn Barron +3 74
T89 Bio Kim +3 74
T89 Alex Fitzpatrick +3 74
T89 Dustin Johnson +3 74
T89 Justin Rose +3 74
T89 Scott Stallings +3 74
T89 Marco Penge +3 74
T89 Tom Kim +3 74
T89 Bryson DeChambeau +3 74
T89 Brendon Todd +3 74
T89 Louis Oosthuizen +3 74
T89 Connor Syme +3 74
T109 Kensei Hirata +4 75
T109 Graeme Robertson +4 75
T109 Matt Wallace +4 75
T109 Trey Mullinax +4 75
T109 Michael Kim +4 75
T109 Alejandro Canizares +4 75
T109 K.H. Lee +4 75
T109 Zach Johnson +4 75
T109 Ernie Els +4 75
T109 Rikuya Hoshino +4 75
T109 Harris English +4 75
T109 Ben Griffin +4 75
T121 Lee Hodges +5 76
T121 Connor Mckinney +5 76
T121 Kyle Barker +5 76
T121 Sami Valimaki +5 76
T121 Harrison Crowe +5 76
T121 Taylor Moore +5 76
T121 Denny McCarthy +5 76
T121 Seungsu Han +5 76
T121 Dan Bradbury +5 76
T130 Charl Schwartzel +6 77
T130 John Daly +6 77
T130 Hiroshi Iwata +6 77
T130 Taiga Semikawa +6 77
T130 Tiger Christensen +6 77
T130 Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira +6 77
T130 David Micheluzzi +6 77
T130 Phil Mickelson +6 77
T130 Yannik Paul +6 77
T139 Davis Riley +7 78
T139 Travis Smyth +7 78
T139 Joaquin Niemann +7 78
T139 Callum Shinkwin +7 78
T139 Ryan Fox +7 78
T139 Chris Kirk +7 78
T139 Daniel Hillier +7 78
T139 Kyungnam Kang +7 78
T139 Rasmus Hojgaard +7 78
T148 Marc Warren +8 79
T148 Gunner Wiebe +8 79
T148 Sahith Theegala +8 79
T148 Adam Schenk +8 79
152 Jazz Janewattananond +10 81
T153 Jorge Campillo +11 82
T153 Adri Arnaus +11 82
T153 Justin Thomas +11 82
156 Taichi Kho +12 83