Jerry Kelly hits the first tee shot of the 140th Open - and there are plenty of early risers at Royal St George's to see him do it - but the American makes a poor start, dropping three strokes in the first two holes
There have been 13 previous championships staged at the Kent links - but which of the 156 competing players will have his name added to the list of winners on Sunday?
All eyes are undeniably on the 22-year-old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, whose near victory at the Masters in April and then dominant, eight-stroke victory at the US Open have made him a firm favourite
As 30-45 mph winds descend upon Sandwich, Angel Cabrera of Argentina opens his round in what is already widely being considered one of the most gruelling Open Championships in recent golf history
A lively opening five holes from Ian Poulter - bogey, birdie, par, bogey, par leaves him one over. He chooses an understated outfit for his first round - blue and white, in memory of the late Seve Ballesteros
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark is having an utterly stunning half-hour. A fourth birdie in five holes and his putt on the par-three 16th wiggles, wobbles, dobbles before falling in to leave him six under
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain watches his putt on the sixth green. A very tidy start to the day for the Spaniard who is three under after 13 holes
Paul Casey (right) will have had better starts to a major championship, four bogeys leaving him struggling on four over after 10. USA's Ben Curtis (left), champion in 2003, is one over after five pars and a bogey
There is finally some joy for Luke Donald after a string of near-misses - a 30-foot left-to-right putt disappears down the hole and moves him to one under after nine holes
Back in the clubhouse, early pace-setter Bjorn, who is safely indoors at five under par, reacts with obvious emotion to a journalist's question about his late father: "He would have been very proud of me"
The best of the Brits so far on day one, England's Simon Dyson, has played the Open on seven previous occasions and, at two under par for the day, his prediction that links courses suit his game best seems prescient
McIlroy is in buoyant mood after his round: "It was OK. I feel the harder it is, the better it is for me and as long as I can keep it level par I think it will be a good score and hopefully if I can do that then I'll come close"
Darren Clarke, confident ahead of the Open after ending his two-year winless streak by winning the Iberdrola Open in May, birdies two and four and is one under through six
Fans pay tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros, three-time Open winner, who lost his battle with a brain tumour in May at the age of 54. Players competing at the Open have signed a book of remembrance for Ballesteros
Zach Johnson of the US (l) and Adam Scott of Australia (r) watch as Justin Rose of England putts on the ninth green during the first round of the Open
Twenty-year-old amateur Tom Lewis escapes a bunker in a determined effort to make birdie at nine. He was named after his playing partner Tom Watson, and he has a younger brother named after Jack Nicklaus
Lucas Glover, the bearded big-hitter from South Carolina, won the US Open in 2009 and makes an impressive start in Kent, birdieing his last three holes and carding a 66 for four under par
David Duval, the Open winner at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001, finds the going hard at Royal St George's and finishes way off the pace at eight over par
Ireland's Padraig Harrington, wearing his own-brand cap, really goes for it, but the double Open champion of 2007 and 2008 struggles to beat the elements and finishes his round with a hard-fought three over par
Lewis finishes his first round on 65, which makes him joint leader with Bjorn and ties the lowest ever by an amateur in a major, as the sun comes down on the first day at Sandwich