The Open Championship – Round One Recap:


The Open Championship is golf’s oldest test.  If you are a golf history buff, like the Chicago Golf Guy is, you get a funny feeling while watching the Open Championship.  To think of a tournament that is 141 years old, amazes me.  Men like Harry Vardon and Old Tom and Young Tom Morris.  Guys who have won this tournament five times in a row.  Bobby Jones is a past winner at Royal Lytham & St Annes, so is Seve and the black knight Gary Player… I love the US Open, and nothing compares to the Masters, but an event that puts the best golfers in the world and pits them against one another in weather conditions that the average guy never plays in, on the toughest courses that Europe has to offer, well there is nothing quite like the Open Championship.

Day one at the Open Championship has a a young gun sitting atop the famous yellow and black leader board: Adam Scott comes out guns blazing with a -6 under par 64 on day one.  That 64 is even better when you think about the fact that he bogeyed the last hole.  The long putter was hot yesterday, and with 8 birdies and 2 bogies Adam is off to a hot start.

The bookies favorite Tiger Woods played great on day one of the Open Championship.  A 67 with four birdies on the outward nine, and one bogey on the inward nine to find himself in a great spot after day one.  Paul Lawrie, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell area all in the top ten players after day one, and all are past major champions.  Maybe this major we will see the break in first time major winners.

LUUUUUUUKE Donald had what I would say is one of his best first rounds of any major championship of his career.  Luke is notorious for playing himself out of the tournament on Thursday, and never contending in a major championship.  Although he was really no where near the top of the leader board (6 shots off the leaders pace), he turned a possibly terrible round into a mediocre round that keeps him in this Open Championship.  I for one would love to see Luke play great, and get himself in contention in his home country.  I would love to see Luke’s break through major victory be in England at the Open Championship where a Englishmen hasn’t won since Tony Jacklin in the 60’s.

The last 15 major champions have been first time major winners.  I think the hard conditions of Royal Lytham & St Annes should give us a champion that is deserving, but also a past major winner.  So I am betting that the 15 tournament streak of new winners, is going to be broken on Sunday morning.  But who knows if I could pick winners then Id be placing many and more bets with the bookies in England.

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