LiveThe Open: First round as it happened


  1. Rory McIlroy leads on six under with a round of 66 at Hoylake
  2. Italy's Matteo Manassero makes 67 and Molinari brothers both 68
  3. Lowry, Scott, Garcia, Furyk and Koepka fire 68s and Tiger Woods 69
  4. Westwood 71, Rose 72, Poulter 73, Mickelson 74, B Watson 76

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By Andy Cryer, Ben Dirs and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Long John Daly bogeys the last for a 77, five over par, and on that note, I'm off. See you tomorrow...


This is the leaderboard as it stands with just a few players left out on the course - and you can follow the Open's own leaderboard to see how they get on as we say goodbye...


Selected others: Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US), Jason Dufner (US), Shane Lowry (Ire); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahan (US), Lee Westwood (Eng)

Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Zach Johnson (US), Justin Rose (Eng)

+1: Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ian Poulter (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng), Phil Mickelson (US); +2: Paul Casey (Eng), Graeme McDowell (NI); +4 Bubba Watson (US); +7 Ernie Els (SA)

What news of the weather at Hoylake tomorrow? Well, it's set to be thundery and rainy and windy in the morning and take-your-face-off hot in the early evening. The first group go out at 0625 BST, defending champion Phil Mickelson is out at 0904, world number one Adam Scott and in-form Englishman Justin Rose at 9.26, while most of the leaders are out in the afternoon, which means they could get the best of the weather again.

A fine day for Italian golf, with Matteo Manassero one off the lead after a round of 67 and the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, tied for third on four under. They're the only three Italians in the field, and no Italian has ever won the Claret Jug. Indeed, if you roll the home nations into one, only 11 different countries have won the Open.

Westwood hopes experience will count

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Lee Westwood speaking to BBC Sport after his opening round of 71: "It was pretty good. In the afternoon the wind picked up but the 71 was OK. There were chances to shoot a low score. The course was favourable and if you hit it well there were chances for birdies.

"I'd like to be hitting the ball a bit better, I still don't feel I hit it good but I managed my game well today. If it gets windier like we know it can then experience will play a part."

Oliver Fisher of England is one of the last few players out there and he's just moved to two under after a birdie at 16. Not so good for namesake Ross, who is three over after 17.

McIlroy impresses

Mark James

Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

"Rory McIlroy made no mistakes and looked sharp in every department. His chipping was really good and his putting was nice and solid with good pace. It was the full performance.

"It's easy when there's no wind but we'll find out more tomorrow. He's got great rhythm and timing He's so strong too and he hits the ball a huge distance. When he's on he can hit it incredibly straight.

"It was very windy the second day last week so only he knows why he shot 78. He'll be going out tomorrow and if it's windy he'll do something about it because he has to learn a lot from rounds like that.

"I don't see his swing going to pieces under any circumstances, it's more a question of shot choice and how to move the ball around in the air. He'll have had a good look at last week's round and they will have learned from last week. He's got a real shot at this championship now."

Player reaction


Justin Rose speaking to BBC Sport after carding an even-par round of 72, six behind the leaders Rory McIlroy: "I actually played some good golf. I felt in control through the turn and just ran out of steam from 12 onwards. I was right between clubs a couple of times and the back nine was playing quite tricky into the wind and I didn't play the par fives well.

"It was tougher in the afternoon. I've got a feeling the weather won't go my way but hopefully I can come out and make a score in the morning.

"I haven't been getting off to fast starts but at some point over 72 holes you have a slow period and maybe that's my first round and I can build some momentum."

Mark James

Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

"This morning I was thinking it was going to be absolutely battered. The players had a go this morning but it wasn't battered and it was the players that were battered this afternoon in what was only a one-club wind.

"There will be players in this field that could have hit more drivers and could have scored lower. Tomorrow we'll see a different thing with more wind so it will become a different course."

A weird day really, some ferocious scoring early doors followed by some ordinary scoring later on once the wind got up. Then again, it wasn't much of a wind, only a one-clubber. Most of the leaders went out early, including the wind-shy Rory McIlroy, who leads on six under, and three-time champion Tiger Woods, who is three shots back.

Sorry about that, that was a par for Westwood, not a birdie as stated below. So it was a 71 rather than a 70, which still ain't bad. He's five behind Rory McIlroy.

Westwood finishes under par

Decent effort from a long way out by Westwood, he should pop in that four-footer for birdie and a round of 70. Ishikawa of Japan drains a longun at the last for birdie and a round of 74. Bradley pops in for par and a round of 73. Westwood pops in, he's in the mix heading into round two.

Westwood going with three-wood into the 18th, right on target, lollops over the back. Some hit. John Senden leaks a shot on 17, falls back to -1. Westwood is greeted onto the 18th green like a conquering hero and a birdie here would make it a very handy round indeed.



Selected others: Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US), Jason Dufner (US), Shane Lowry (Ire); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahan (US), Lee Westwood (Eng)

Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Zach Johnson (US), Justin Rose (Eng)

+1: Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ian Poulter (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng), Phil Mickelson (US); +2: Paul Casey (Eng), Graeme McDowell (NI); +4 Bubba Watson (US); +7 Ernie Els (SA)

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Andrew Cotter

BBC Sport commentator

"What a very good looking leaderboard we have here at Hoylake.

"It was a fantastic start by Rory McIlroy, but we have seen that before - most notably at St Andrews in 2010 - but hopefully he can kick on from here.

"In Tiger Woods' grand collection of first rounds at majors, today's would only be so-so, but in the context of where he has come from given his lack of golf this year then 69 is very, very good start.

"Adam Scott has looked impressive this afternoon and is justifying his status as favourite. I was also delighted to see Sergio Garcia playing so well."

Rose produces steady round

Jason Dufner for birdie on 18 - looks like it's going to drop left before ducking right at the last. A 69 for the American, not a dropped shot all day. Justin Rose, winner of his last two tournaments, pars the last for a 72, Scott sweeps in for a 68, two behind leader Rory McIlroy.

Hoylake course guide

18th (Dun)

Par five, 551 yards

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The big hitters can reach the green in two but out-of-bounds lurks all the way down the right-hand side of the fairway and thick rough guards the left. There are now three small bunkers to the left of the green and others eating into the right of the putting surface.

2006 difficulty rating: 15

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Lynsey Lupton: Loving the views of Hoylake from the helicopter.

John McEnerney: Hope Scotty's nerve holds up for these four days. If it does, I can see him near the top come Sunday. This course suits his game!

Darvall77: Four days of Ken Brown - Hhs master classes are always worth a watch.

Scott is getting very well acquainted with the rules officials, here he is taking another drop away from a stand. Scott finally on in three, could salvage a par from there. Lowry pars the 15th, stays three under. The Irishman has only played the Open thrice, finishing in the top 40 in 2010 and 2013.

Westwood with an up-hiller on 17, misses just left, stays one under. After an awful lot of toing and froing Scott eventually hits a very sketchy second that comes up short and left of the green. Westwood on 18 and he, too, finds rough. This 18th fairway is proving as elusive as Atlantis. Bradley misses it, too...

Vote result

Earlier we asked you who you think is going to win The Open, and it seems that after today's round of 66, Rory McIlroy is your man.

He's taken 25% of the vote, while 21.7% of you don't think it'll be any of the players on our list. 16% of you think Justin Rose will be the first Englishman to win the Open since Nick Faldo did so at Muirfield in 1992.

Lowry has birdie four of the last five, including this doozy on 14 to get to three under. John Senden with an absolute peach of a chip on 18, back down the fairway Dufner has got his club tangled up and hooked his second down the first. Adam Scott in discussion with the rules folk on the 18th, or rather down the first, where he shouldn't really be.


John Daly, champion at St Andrews in 1995, lets shots go at 14 and 15 and is now four over. Dufner on tee at 18, which is measuring 551 yards. That's not great, started left and stayed left. Scott has double-crossed his tee shot, which has ended up down the first, he'll have to drop it away from the railings. Rose, too, finds rough...

Mickelson ends with a whimper

Phil Mickelson finally makes a longun disappear at the last but that was for a bogey after getting into all sorts of bother off the tee. The 2013 champion finishes with a 74 and is two over, eight shots behind leader Rory McIlroy. A 76 for Bubba Watson and a disastrous 79 for former two-timer champion Ernie Els.

Bubba Watson's frustrations continue as he thins a bunker shot straight into the wall. Nasty.

Back at 17, Adam Scott pushes a very makeable putt to miss the chance to move to five under and Jason Dufner makes his to move to three under.

This time Mickelson goes right and finds yet more rough. With four shots already played, he really needs to limit the damage here.

Stat attack


Who leads the list of longest average drives? Why it's our leader Rory McIlroy. American Brooks Koepka and Australia's Adam Scott, and, perhaps not too surprisingly John Daly, complete the top four. Koepka and Scott are both on four under but Daly, the 1995 champion, was maybe not so accurate... he's four over as it stands.

McIlroy 340.50 yards

Brooks Koepka 338.50

Adam Scott (currently) 329.00

John Daly 320.00

And that is a beautiful approach to the 17th from Jason Dufner. The American is still one of only two of this afternoon's players without a bogey. Justin Rose and Adam Scott also have birdie chances coming up.

Phil Mickelson's approach was out of bounds and now he is heading back down the 18th on a buggy to have another go.

Jamie Donaldson taps in for a 79 on 18 but walks off with a grin. As the Welshman heads off to the scorer's hut, Phil Mickelson tries to reach the green from an average lie from a mere 292 yards, only to push it right and into some deep rough.

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Jordan Coey: Adam Scott has a massive chance of winning the Open. Looking good so far. Looking forward to the weekend.

David Caffrey: Ken Brown wanted to know why Martin Kaymer plays with golf balls with the number 59. This was the lowest score Martin shot whilst playing on the Challenge Tour.

Big Bob: Please let's have a British winner - too much inconsistency from them at majors!

Hoylake course guide

17th (Lake)

Par four, 458 yards

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Normally played into the wind, the fairway is well protected by bunkers and the approach requires a long iron into a long and undulating green.

2006 difficulty rating: 4

Dufner for birdie on 16, doesn't hit it. Rose dribbles his birdie putt left of the hole from about four feet, he remains level...

US Open champion Martin Kaymer is in with a 73, which sounds bad, but really isn't given the state of the scoring this afternoon. It makes you wonder, if a lick of wind can toughen this course up this much, what might a howler and a bit of rain do? Ernie Els ushers a toad off the 18th green, as we switch back to 16, with Scott leaving his eagle putt just short. But the Aussie will pop that in to get back to -4.

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John McEnerney: Dufner top ball striker, he's really worked hard on his putting in the last 18 months and it's paid off.

Stefan: Why do players rarely shout 'fore' even when it's obvious the ball is hurtling into the crowd? Should be a two-stroke penalty.

Sam Taylor: Poor The Big Easy Ernie Els, definitely out of sorts.

Scott on 16 and he muscles his ball onto the front of the green. Mickelson remains +1 after 17, just hasn't been able to find top gear today. Zach Johnson for eagle on 18, dribbles it right of the cup but should be in with a 71.



Selected others: -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahan (US), Lee Westwood (Eng)

Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Zach Johnson (US), Justin Rose (Eng)

+1: Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ian Poulter (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng), Phil Mickelson (US); +2: Paul Casey (Eng), Graeme McDowell (NI); +3 Bubba Watson (US); +7 Ernie Els (SA)

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Miguel Angel Jimenez has carded a 75, the old fella normally likes a spot of links golf. Dufner on 16, no idea where that approach went, but it wasn't on the green. Rose with a three iron, comes up short.

Ireland's Shane Lowry hits some form around the turn, birdies at nine and 10 for -1. Scott rasps a drive down the middle of the long 16th, that's massive. Westwood into the breeze at the par-three 15th, let's see what he can do... corker, left himself 15 feet for birdie. Bill Haas's birdie putt on 18 lips out, seen that a few times today, and he finishes two under and four off the leader, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.