Tiger Woods' first day at the British Open: strong early, rocky late

SLC native Tony Finau stays in hunt at British Open with even-par 71 Friday at Carnoustie Golf Links

Sergio Garcia hit a drive that never stopped rolling on No. 10 until it dropped over the edge of Barry Burn. The Spaniard hit a attractive drive over 400 yards but the super dry fairways at Carnoustie saw the ball roll all the way into the hazard just before the green.

Garcia pulled off a handsome recovery in the shallow, muddy water, avoiding the wall in his back-swing and making clean contact to get it out on his first attempt.

Another is defending champion Jordan Spieth, who was in range of the lead until he made one mental error and two bad swings while dropping four shots over the last four holes for a 72 that didn't do too much damage.

McIlroy, who is seeking a first major title since 2014, was part of a large group on two under par which also included Spain's Jon Rahm, world number two Justin Thomas, 2015 victor Zach Johnson and the English pair of Danny Willett and Matthew Southgate.

Despite visible tape on Tiger Woods' neck, he was content with his opening round.

"Different players are going to have a different way to see how they're going to play this golf course, " McIlroy said.

An old adage in professional golf is that you can't win a major championship on Thursday, but you can certainly lose it.

Player, who collected nine major victories in total, said Woods's career first began to unravel when he left long-time coach Butch Harmon in 2002.

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"You get to play golf in a competitive environment with people I've known since I was 12 and 13 years old and rekindle some old friendships".

Woods, who returned from his latest back operation at the end of past year, has blown hot and cold this season but he clearly can not wait to get to grips with Carnoustie for the fourth time in his career. "It's great seeing it on TV but it's even better in person".

"I have putted a little bit better", said the 2000, 2005 and 2006 British Open champion.

It was a good day for Kisner in Carnoustie, and it seems his good times extend beyond the course. With rain expected in the forecast early Friday, Woods and those around him could again be fighting the elements.

Day passes, which let you add Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, start at £6.99 a day, with a weekly pass starting from £10.99, and no locking in to a contract. "I think I was only a few back of the lead". Most importantly, maybe, he played the nasty final three holes in even par on a day where they were playing more than a stroke over par in the aggregate. It's just managing that level of expectation and getting the confidence up with results.

"I had two eight-irons into both par fives today, and I end up with par on both of those".

Like Scott, Davis birdied the last in a big momentum shifter.

The first round of The Open is finishing up at Carnoustie in Scotland.

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