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Summary

  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

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer, Ben Dirs and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

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

  2. Leaderboard

    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...

    Leaderboard

    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)

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Westwood hopes experience will count

    Lee Westwood

    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."

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. 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."

  8. Player reaction

    Justin Rose

    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."

  9. Post update

    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."

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Leaderboard

    Leaderboard

    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)

    Full leaderboard; Tee times

  15. Post update

    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."

  16. 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.

  17. Hoylake course guide

    18th (Dun)

    Par five, 551 yards

    Dun Hole

    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

  18. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    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.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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...

  21. 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.

  22. Post update

    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.

  23. Post update

    John Daly

    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...

  24. Post update

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Bubba Watson hasn't got a great open record and it doesn't look like it will improve this year. But he does own the General Lee [the car from the Dukes of Hazard] so there you go."

  25. 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.

  26. Post update

    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.

  27. Post update

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

  28. Stat attack

    Rory McIlroy

    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

  29. Post update

    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.

  30. Post update

    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.

  31. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    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!

  32. Hoylake course guide

    17th (Lake)

    Par four, 458 yards

    Lake Hole

    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

  33. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "After a round of 75, Miguel Angel Jimenez has a look of total disappointment. He's on the verge of the Ryder Cup team on the points list so he needs to make the most of every week."

  34. Post update

    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...

  35. Post update

    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.

  36. Get involved

    #bbcgolf

    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.

  37. Post update

    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.

  38. Leaderboard

    Leaderboard

    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)

    Full leaderboard; Tee times

  39. Post update

    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.

  40. Post update

    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.

  41. Post update

    Englishman Chris Hanson posted this photo on Twitter after a nine-over-par round of 81: Bit of practice with JJ after the round! :-) #bunkertroubles

    Chris Hanson and his daughter JJ in a bunker at Royal Liverpool.
  42. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "The surprising thing about the difference in scoring from this morning to this afternoon is that it's such a small change in the breeze. The flag on the clubhouse is only just pulling out of limp."

  43. Post update

    Philip Parkin

    BBC Sport on-the-course reporter

    "Everyone has been so surprised by Ernie Els's performance. He got off to a dreadful start and it seems he just couldn't mentally get out of whatever state he was in."

  44. Post update

    First birdie of the day for Els on 16, he's still fighting despite that torrid start. Ah, the buzz of a bee, one of the finest sounds I know... Mickelson makes par on 16, stays one over. Here's a startling stat - the morning starters have gone round in a combined +27, the afternoon boys in +82...

  45. Post update

    Scott on tee at the par-three 15th, crackerjack shot. Welshman Jamie Donaldson has had some decent results of late but today is not his day - he's +7 after 16. Els with a monster putt for eagle on 16, leaves it well short. Kaymer for birdie on 17, from a long way out, and he leaves it just right of the hole and stays +1. Mickelson slides his birdie attempt by on 16, the defending champion remains one over.

  46. Vintage Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson has certainly enjoyed having possession of the Claret Jug over the last 12 months:

    "One of the things that I stressed is that we have to treat the Claret Jug with the reverence and respect that it deserves and only put good stuff in it.

    "And each person that I brought it to had a different definition of what the good stuff was! But one of my friends, their definition of the good stuff was a bottle of 1990 Romanee-Conti wine."

    A bottle of 1990 vintage Romanee-Conti retails at £11,583 a bottle...

  47. Hoylake course guide

    16th (Field)

    Par five, 577 yards

    Field Hole

    The longest hole but was also the easiest in 2006, with 27 eagles and 252 birdies scored. It requires a drive towards the fairway bunkers on the right, before needing a full wood to stand a chance of reaching the green in two. Beware of Farrar's Folly, a hollow at the front right of the green, named after a former secretary of the club.

    2006 difficulty rating: 18

  48. Scott and Rose drops shots

    Irish amateur Paul Dunne birdies 10 to get back to level, Justin Rose makes bogey on 14 and drops back to evens. Shot gone for Scott on 14, they're really making a meal of things out there, you'd think a hurricane was blowing through.

  49. Post update

    15th (Rushes)

    Par three, 161 yards

    Rushes Hole Hoylake

    The tee is elevated and set into the sand dunes, while the green is protected by five bunkers. Birdie chances for those hitting the green but for those wayward tee shots championship hopes can go up in smoke.

    2006 difficulty rating: 14

  50. Post update

    Jason Dufner, who puts me in mind of Oliver Hardy, will have another makeable birdie putt on 14 after a peach of an approach. Queensland's John Senden rams one in for birdie on 12, gets to two under. Scott's birdie putt on 14, comes up five feet short, iffy par putt from there. The only holes playing under par on the back nine are the three par-fives, it's tough out there. Dufner misses that putt...

  51. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    Shing-Yung Wong: I think Tiger will grab his 15th major title come Sunday afternoon!

    Timothy Walton: A cup of tea, hot toast with lots of butter, half a pack of ginger biscuits and Peter Alliss commentating on The Open. Perfect.

    Jamie Millar: It's like Bubba Watson has never played a major before. Complaining about crowds and letting his emotions get the better of him.

  52. Post update

    Zach Johnson lets a shot go at 15, drops to -1. The play rather drifting in the wind at the moment, here's Rose with a mishit into some cabbage on 14. Kaymer for birdie on 16, straight left off the club face, misses from a few feet. Scott on 14, overcooks it...

  53. Post update

    Bad day for young Macpherson of Australia - 90 blows today - but he was still a long way off Maurice Flitcroft's 121 in a qualifier for the 1976 Open - Flitcroft claimed to be a pro golfer, having prepared for the tournament by studying a golf instruction manual by Peter Allis.

  54. Post update

    Philip Parkin

    BBC Sport on-the-course reporter

    "The wind has picked up but I can't see why they're struggling so much. They're playing too safe off the tee.

    "They need to be more aggressive. Some of these fairways are quite wide and I can't see why they're not being more aggressive and trying to make it easier to hit the greens."

  55. Post update

    As the breeze has freshened, so the scoring has fallen off. Australia's Jason Day hacks out of the rough on 16, that won't help his dicky thumb. Westwood leaves an eight-footer short on 12, he drops to -1. Justin Rose with a 20-footer for birdie at 13, misses by a whisker.

  56. Leaderboard

    BBC

    Selected others: -3: Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Zach Johnson (US); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahan (US), Justin Rose (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng); Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe); +1: Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ian Poulter (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng), Phil Mickelson (US); +2: Paul Casey (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Graeme McDowell (NI); +8 Ernie Els (SA)

  57. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "This afternoon there have been some good holes, nice putts and shots just dribbling away. We've seen it from all the top boys."

  58. Post update

    Westwood in some nonsense on 12 and he finds more of the stuff with his second. Shot gone for Rose at 12, the Englishman is one under. John Daly, champion in 1995, reached the turn in 38 but birdied the 10th. Another shot gone for Mickelson, he's also one over after 14.

  59. Hoylake course guide

    14th (Hilbre)

    Par four, 454 yards

    Hilbre hole

    A dog-leg to the left, a few of the bravest might try to carry the bunkers protecting the green. Overshoot the dog-leg and thick rough awaits, while the green will throw any shot veering to the right down into an uninviting hollow.

    2006 difficulty rating: 2

    Just a reminder that you can watch the action on holes 13-15 via the Live Coverage tab above.

  60. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "Military golf for two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson - left, right, left up the 12th, way left into the hay on the short 13th down by the beach. That unique swing, as swirly as the wind turbines far offshore, is not so far delivering an Augusta-esque performance. Four over and looking fragile."

  61. Post update

    Bryden MacPherson

    Australian Bryden Macpherson joked with fans on Twitter yesterday that he might be able to help punters backing him to finish in the top 20.

    That seems a long way off after the 23-year-old carded an opening round of 90, which included a run of 12 dropped shots in five holes just after the turn. At least he steadied to finish with four straight pars.

  62. Post update

    Shot gone for Scott at 12, he drops to three under. Just a reminder that Rory McIlroy of Nothern Ireland is our leader on six under, one ahead of Italy's Matteo Manassero. The Molinari brothers, two more Italians, are in a group on four under, as is Spain's Sergio Garcia. Tiger Woods is one shot further back.

  63. Post update

    Scott with a long range birdie attempt at 12, leaves it left and races it by. Boo Weekley, he of the driver that is also a horse, birdies the par-four 17th to move to three under, three off the lead and tied for ninth. Wind freshening at Hoylake...

  64. Post update

    A day to forget for Australia's Bryden Macpherson, the 23-year-old from Melbourne has gone round in 90 blows. Sandy Lyle is not far behind him, the 1985 champion is nine over after 17, double at 11, triple at 14. This course is teethy when it's benign, lord knows what it will be like when it decided to get nasty.

  65. Post update

    Phil Mickelson

    Mickelson with a longun for par at 14 and that's another shot gone for the defending champion, back to level he goes. Lee Westwood makes birdie at 10 and is two under, four off the lead. Rose hitting into the 12th with a four iron and that's not too clever, horrible bounce into some long stuff. Scott with a shorter club, just onto the green, and Dufner follows him on...

  66. Post update

    American Jim Furyk speaking to BBC Sport after shooting an opening round of 68, two shots behind leader Rory McIlroy: "Conditions have really good all week. Tomorrow could be a bit gusty and the first real test of links golf but it was nice to get out in benign conditions and shoot a good score.

    "I have a lot of confidence in my game. I've had a lot of time off, I haven't played since the US Open, mentally I'm rested and my attitude is very positive."

  67. Hoylake course guide

    13th (Alps)

    Par three, 194 yards

    Alps Hole

    Players will have to make sure they take enough club to carry the mounds guarding the front left of the green.

    2006 difficulty rating: 9

  68. Post update

    Many thanks Luke, this is Ben Dirs again. Someone has stuck one in from off the green, it's former Masters champion Zach Johnson on 14. Alas, it's for a par. Here's Bubba hitting the pin from some scrub and tapping in for bogey and four over. Bubba's not just wild, he's livid.

  69. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    A view of the crowd

    "A late afternoon haze over Hoylake now. The more trampled dune areas down on the edge of the Dee Estuary - around the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th - are taking on a shimmer. If this sun and drying wind keeps up they will begin to represent the sort of slick track Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold favours."

  70. Bubba in meltdown

    Bubba Watson

    Crash, bang, wallop go Bubba Watson's clubs as he angrily puts them back into his bag. "I'll hit a provisional," he says.

    Best you had Bubba because that is some serious rough you have landed your tee shot in.

    The American is three over after 12. His round has fallen apart.

  71. Scott makes Hoylake home

    Adam Scott has pitched up at Royal Liverpool early and got plenty of practice in.

    "I've lost count of how many practice rounds he has had," says BBC Sport's Maureen Madill. "He told me he was on his sixth on Monday."

    Scott desperately wants this one but will have to make do with par on 11 as he is off line with a birdie effort.

  72. Birdie for Westwood

    The Lee Westwood yo-yo round continues. Bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie now after a four on the par five 10th.

    He is unlucky not to break the cycle after an eagle putt slips narrowly past. Still, right in the mix.

  73. Rose sets up birdie chance

    "It's gone left," says Justin Rose. "No, it's a good shot," replies his caddie.

    The effort - the subject of much deliberation as the pair chose a club - lands on the 11th green but short of the flag, leaving around 20 feet for birdie.

    Adam Scott lands his ball in the same area but Jason Dufner, still two under, is close. Around 10 feet.

  74. McIlroy could fade

    Can they catch Rory McIlroy? The 25-year-old has started fast this season but tends to fade.

    He averages 68 on the opening round in the PGA Tour this term, making him the quickest out of the blocks on Tour. It is uphill from there though, with 72.9 his average mark on round two, followed by 70.3 and 70.2 thereafter.

    McIlroy leads, after a six under par effort on day one at Royal Liverpool.

  75. Hoylake course guide

    What next for Bubba Watson after that seven on 11?

    12th (Dee)

    Par four, 447 yards

    Dee Hole

    Beware. The toughest hole in 2006, costing 138 bogeys and 15 double bogeys. Fairway bunkers on the right often come into play, while the green is raised and protected by a large trough on the left.

    2006 difficulty rating: 1

  76. Lapping up the sunshine

    Crowds cross the course in front of the clubhouse

    Crowds cross the course in front of the clubhouse. The sun-kissed scene may well be swapped for umbrellas tomorrow if the weather changes as forecast.

    "This course can bite back tomorrow," says former European Ryder Cup captain Mark James on BBC One.

  77. Double bogey for Bubba

    Dear me Bubba Watson. No sooner has the Masters champion moaned about spectators flooding the fairway has he carded a triple-bogey seven.

    He replicates the earlier Ernie Els showing - missing from two feet - and looks visibly angry.

    Two shots under par after eight holes, two shots over after 11. Rough treatment.

  78. Leaderboard

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: -3: Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Zach Johnson (US); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahan (US), Justin Rose (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng), Phil Mickelson (US); Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Martin Kaymer (Ger); +1: Ian Poulter (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng); +2: Paul Casey (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Graeme McDowell (NI); +7 Ernie Els (SA)

    Full leaderboard; Tee times

  79. Westwood drops again

    Lee Westwood suffers the perils of links golf on nine and comes out the dark side of small margins.

    His tee shot is solid, settles on the fringe of the green, but just catches a down slope and rolls away. The resulting chip is to within eight feet but he cannot convert the putt for par. A waste. Another inch or two would have saved his tee shot.

    Bogey, birdie, bogey for Westwood. One under.

  80. Marshal hit twice by golf balls

    Marshal Bill Davies

    Bill Davies, who was marshalling at the 16th hole, was struck on his leg by Rickie Fowler's ball and then on the shoulder by Charl Schwartzel's.

    "It hit me on the shoulder and I went down and lay there for a little bit of time, I wasn't too bad but having two things happening to you within three quarters of hour, then you know, you start worrying," said Bill.

    Bill, who is the president of the Vicars Cross Golf Club in Chester, said the players apologised once they realised they had hit him. "Rickie Fowler was more interested, first thing in the ball, when I was lying on the floor... anyway he was very good about it, he said 'I'm sorry'."

    Listen to Bill's story via a clip on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  81. Watson anger

    "There's like a thousand people on the fairway, I just want to play golf," says Bubba Watson.

    Fair to say he did not like his approach to the green on the par four 11th.

    Not your fault Bubba, blame the galleries, they hit it.

  82. Ninth hole birdie blitz

    Adam Scott

    Remember our threesome who all hit the dance floor from the tee on nine? Well two of them made it count.

    Jason Dufner read a big break and dropped a long putt in, Adam Scott did likewise, making it look effortless, while Justin Rose could not complete the hat-trick and only makes par.

    Scott four under is closing in, two off the lead, Dufner is a couple of shots further back, Rose is one under.

  83. Birdies in pairs

    Red numbers for Phil Mickelson. He is threatening to break into some sort of momentum. Birdie on 10 takes him to one under.

    Lee Westwood seems to have the putter going and bangs one in from 20 feet or so on the eighth to move back to two under.

  84. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "It's been a good opening first day so far. The weather was absolutely beautiful this morning and that set the scene for some excellent scoring.

    "There is a very strong international leaderboard which adds to the excitement. This afternoon's starters haven't really grabbed the course by the scruff of the neck like the morning's groups did but the wind has started to get up a bit and that will be making a difference. With the weather set to get hotter tomorrow, things are going to get very interesting indeed.

    "And what of Tiger Woods. I knew he wouldn't shoot less than a 72 today and after a bad start he really got going. His golfing brain helped him master the course and he should be very happy with posting a score of 69. However, I just wish he wasn't so grumpy all the time."

  85. Ernie's frustration

    Philip Parkin

    BBC Sport on-the-course reporter

    "Ernie Els hit a young child with his ball on the first hole and he was very upset. Since then he has been unable to re-group."

    Els is seven over at the turn.

  86. Three birdie putts

    Three balls hurtling through the air against the back-drop of a blue sky and all of them land on the ninth green.

    Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Jason Dufner will all have birdie putts from inside 20 feet.

  87. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    James Rowe: I thought the Watson / Mickelson / Els trio would be unstoppable today but the latter two aren't playing well at all.

    Adrian Lorenz: Rory needs to back up his opening 66 tomorrow. Something he has been unable to do recently.

    Ian Davidson: Pleasure watching golf and no one shouting 'get in the hole' after every shot.

  88. Rose back in red

    This has a weird feel about it. All the players are picking up shots on random holes but not one of them can seemingly put a run together.

    Justin Rose follows up a bogey on seven with a birdie. His putt is long, crisp and at no point does it look like missing. Back to one under ahead of the 197 yard, par three ninth.

  89. Westwood gives one back

    Lee Westwood

    Lee Westwood, white slacks purple shirt, clips out of the sand on seven and leaves a tricky downhill putt.

    It breaks left-to-right, the pace is perfect but the line fractionally off and it lips out. Bogey for Westwood. One under for the day.

  90. Watson drops a shot

    Bubba Watson runs out of lives on the ninth. He putted his way out of trouble on the last two holes but this time, he slips one past the cup and gives a shot back. Out in 34, one under, five off the lead.

  91. Accurate Stenson

    Henrik Stenson
  92. Stenson snaps club in half

    Henrik Stenson

    Henrik Stenson finished level par after a birdie on the 18th but his frustrations boiled over on the previous hole.

    The Swede, who could replace Adam Scott as world number one with a first major title this week, snapped a club in half after twice tangling with heavy rough on the par-five 17th.

    The European number one initially joked that he had not done anything untoward and "might have slipped," but then admitted: "The gap wedge might need a bit of love after lunch."

    Asked if he would be able to get it repaired in time for Friday's second round, Stenson added: "We have the club manufacturers here so we know we can get them fixed quickly."

    But yet...

  93. Scott and Watson save par

    First Bubba Watson sends his putt towards the hole, it stops short does it? No. Just drops. Perfectly judged and a par on the eighth. No dropped shots yet for the 2014 Masters winner.

    Adam Scott rolls home comfortably on seven.

    That's why they are champions. Two bunker saves.

  94. Tiring stuff

    A man takes a nap on the course

    A man takes a nap on the course...Someone needs to do something to stir him. I hope he has some sun screen on.

  95. Sand for challengers

    Bubba Watson, plugged in the bunker on eight, has to dig right down on his ball to leave a tricky par putt of around 15 feet. This will be a good test and potentially a first dropped shot of the day.

    Over on the seventh, Adam Scott's approach is missile like and lands heavily in a green-side sand trap. It's almost a scoop out of there for the Australian. Leaves roughly 10 feet for par.

  96. Eagle for Watney

    Another eagle for the day, this time on 16 and from American Nick Watney. The long-putt draws a small shout from the crowd as it only hauls him back to one over for the day.

  97. Last group under way

    We all like that feeling of having no one behind you on a golf course. No pressure, no one to watch that slice into a bunker or a topped effort off the tee.

    The luxury is afforded to Scoland's Scott Jamieson, England's Chris Rodgers and South Korea's Byeong-Hun An today. They are the last group and are currently teeing off.

  98. Singleton's 'best day' of his life

    BBC Radio 5 live

    England's John Singleton talking to BBC Radio 5 live after finishing his Open debut with a six-over par 78: "I am feeling fantastic. The last eight holes I didn't play very well but it doesn't mean much when you are on the fairways of the Open Championship. It has been strange to say the least, people wanting to speak to me for the media. I worked hard to get here and I just want that to continue. I slept great last night and I have felt great all day. I am just surprised I didn't cry, it is the best day of my life."

  99. Singleton struggles on back nine

    John Singleton

    If John Singleton's front nine was something of a dream on his Open debut, the back nine has turned into more of a nightmare.

    The Birkenhead factory worker was level par through 11 but six dropped shots on the last seven holes left him on six over at the end of his round.

    Singleton makes his living driving a forklift truck in a resin factory some 10 minutes from Hoylake. You can read his story on the BBC Sport website.

  100. English ups and downs

    The English charge suffers and breathes again in a heartbeat as Justin Rose misses a par putt to slip to level on the sixth hole while Lee Westwood moves to two under with birdie on five.

    Westwood digs out a chip from the rough and then strokes home a 10 footer to get the better of the par five.

  101. Afternoon catch-up

    If you are just joining us on the live text, Rory McIlroy built his lead during a prolific spell of scoring across the course this morning. Conditions are a little more blustery now and Adam Scott or Bubba Watson look most likely if anyone is to step up as an alternative overnight leader.

  102. Leaderboard

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: -3: Adam Scott (Aus) Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Bubba Watson (US), Zac Johnson (US); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahan (US), Justin Rose (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng); Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Phil Mickelson (US); +1: Ian Poulter (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger); +2: Paul Casey (Eng); +4 Sandy Lyle (Sco)

  103. Johnson's hot little putter

    Zach Johnson always looks as if he is using a putter which is too small for him. It doesn't seem to matter, he stands motionless as a long effort drops for birdie on eight. The American - Masters champion in 2007 - is two under, four off the lead.

  104. Moyes making most of free time

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes

    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes on BBC Radio 5 live: "I am playing much better golf than I have for a long time. I think everyone knows why that is! It's been a long time since I've had any time off and I am enjoying it.

    "I think Rory McIlroy is the one to watch. He had a great reception on the 18th, he's had a great round and I'm hoping he can go on and win it."

  105. Ernie madness caught on camera

    Right, this is the last time we say how bad Ernie Els has been, honest. If you think we are being cruel, click on the highlights tab at the top of this page and you can watch a video of his horrific start to the 143rd Open Championship.

  106. Honeymoon over

    Anirban Lahiri

    I'm not sure what Anirban Lahiri's wife will be thinking of the Indian's three-over par round of 75.

    The current Asian Tour number one cut short his honeymoon in Madagascar to play in the Open this week but will be disappointed with his performance after two bogeys in the last four holes saw him drop down the leaderboard.

  107. A big one from Scotty

    Yes for Adam Scott. Remember I said he had no chance of making eagle from a million miles away? Well he did. That broom-handle putter guides the ball home from around 50 feet. He's cool, relaxed and three under after five holes. Closing in on you Rory.

  108. Close your eyes and pray on seven

    A test coming up for Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els on the seventh hole. A par four, it's the toughest drag on the course, averaging 4.4 strokes. Nasty.

  109. Post update

    Nick Dougherty

    European Tour player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Lee Westwood is going to be really happy with his start. Lee is playing very aggressively. He is getting a lot of support and he is enjoying a very good start."

    Lee Westwood is one under through four.

  110. Scott at ease on par five fifth

    Adam Scott is in the thin rough on five - a reachable par five - and he nails a six iron onto the green. Eagle looks unlikely as he's in a different postcode to the pin, but two putts and it would be back to back birdies and two under. A chance.

  111. Stat attack

    American Brooks Koepka and Italy's Matteo Manassero have made the most birdies so far today with both players hitting seven on their way to four under and five under respectively. Tiger Woods and KJ Choi have the next best birdie tally with six.

  112. Post update

    Frank Nobilo

    Former European Tour golfer on BBC TV

    "That was like stealing a shot for Bubba Watson after his tee shot. Everything is hard for the 'Big Easy' at the moment."

    Bubba Watson makes a birdie on the sixth after his tee shot found the rough, while Ernie Els drops another shot to slip to six under.

  113. The nightmare continues

    I can assure you we are not picking on Ernie Els. He really has been that bad. The 2012 champion, normally so poised, is all over the place. It's like watching your slightly hungover mate play way too early on a Sunday morning.

    This time, 'The Big Easy' makes bogey on the par-three sixth. He paid for a wayward tee shot. Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are in for pars.

  114. Hoylake course guide

    11th (Punch bowl)

    Par four, 391 yards

    Punch Bowl

    The best approach is down the left but, hit too far that way, brambles and deep rough are waiting. The back bunker has been removed but the front traps eat into the putting surface.

    2006 difficulty rating: 10

  115. Westy with a beauty

    That's close from Westwood. A stunner of a shot from the rough on four and it rolls the length of the green to miss the cup by two inches. Nearly an eagle from nowhere but now a great birdie chance.

    Westy is level par so a chance for red numbers. Got to love those red numbers.

  116. Get involved

    Alan Freeburn: Out of work early, dilemma time..cricket or golf? Cricket or golf? May need to bring the other TV in from the bedroom.

    Stay with the golf Alan. England will probably blow the cricket.

    Tweet us your thoughts on day one to #bbcgolf or text 81111.

  117. Watson's battle

    Tom Watson

    Five-time Open winner Tom Watson speaking to BBC Sport: "The wind wasn't blowing, there were some tough flag positions but all in all the course is there for the taking. With tomorrow's weather forecast it could be different.

    "I was just trying to keep the ball in the fairway. I only had six fairways in regulation so it was a monumental struggle and a good round from that standpoint.

    "I had better start driving the ball better because if it gets windy and I keep driving the ball like I am it will be way off line."

    Watson shot a one-over-par-round of 73.

  118. Boo gets applause

    Maybe Rory McIlroy's overnight lead will be challenged. American Boo Weekley drops home a very long putt on nine. He saunters away with a raise of his hand to the galleries. It's birdie for the big man and three under.

  119. Trio negotiate five

    A downhill putt for birdie is inches short for Ernie Els who remains plus five. Also forming part of an illustrious playing group are Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. Mickelson is also short with his birdie putt and Watson pushes his eagle effort past but drops in the return.

    Back-to-back birdies for Bubba. He is two under? His crash-bang-wallop style can't win on a links course surely?

  120. Singleton signs off

    And the romance ends for the day for John Singleton. The local player, a factory worker, held his own at Royal Liverpool with eight straight birdies on the front nine but top-end golf tests your mental strength and he has slipped to six over by day's end.

    The Liverpudlian waves his cap to the galleries who have loved his story and plucky performance.

  121. Hoylake course guide

    10th (Far)

    Par five, 532 yards

    Far Hole

    The second-easiest hole in 2006 and birdie chances are expected again this year. Most will be able to reach the green in two but there is a deep bunker to the right of the putting surface.

    2006 difficulty rating: 17

  122. Mickelson finding his groove

    Nice stuff from 'Lefty' as he lamps an iron from the middle of the fairway on the fifth and with a trickle up onto the green and a generous roll, he will have 15 feet for birdie.

    Bubba Watson follows the defending champion and as always with Bubba, it's long and this time lucky. He misses a bunker by inches and will have a putt from the fringe for eagle.

  123. Post update

    Martin Kaymer
  124. Post update

    Nice stuff from 'Lefty' as he lamps an iron from the middle of the fairway on the fifth and with a trickle up onto the green and a generous roll, he will have 15 feet for birdie.

    Bubba Watson follows the defending champion and as always with Bubba, it's long and this time lucky. He misses a bunker by inches and will have a putt from the fringe for eagle.

  125. Kaymer hits double bogey

    The par-five fifth is playing as one of the easiest on the course but Martin Kaymer just rattled off a seven and he slips back to one over par. He will kick himself - a scoring opportunity wasted.

  126. A kind Open

    In all, we have 46 players under par. Ernie Els is certainly not one of them.

  127. Hoylake course guide

    9th (Dowie)

    Par three, 197 yards

    Dowie Hole Hoylake

    Bunkers front left and right protect a narrow green. There is a steep drop-off slope on the left-hand side of the green that leaves you an extremely tough chip or putt.

    2006 difficulty rating: 11

  128. Disaster day for Ernie

    Ernie Els has not had his porridge today. Or maybe he forgot to put his contact lenses in. After missing two putts from inside a foot on the first hole, he has just missed another tiddler on four. It's tough to watch and he is five over.

  129. Slow scoring

    A subtle increase in the wind looks likely to be enough to ensure Rory McIlroy goes to bed tonight as the man they all have to catch. Scoring is certainly not as prolific as it was earlier on today and the only players out on course who could catch the 25-year-old are at least four shots back.

    Famous last words, you can bet someone fires out a 65 now...

  130. Post update

    Bubba makes up for that short-range miss at three with a long-ranger on four, moves to one under. Mickelson's shortish birdie attempt slips away like mercury, he stays level... that's me for a while, here's Luke Reddy...

  131. Post update

    Dame Laura Davies

    Four-time major winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I almost think I have more enthusiasm than when I was younger as I want to keep doing well and prove people I can still do it. I've got a bad heel and my right knee hurts at the moment but hopefully they will heal the next few weeks. I'm my own physio and psychologist."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  132. John Daly (15:00 BST tee-off)

    Age: 48 Country: USA

    World ranking: N/A

    Majors: PGA Championship 1, the Open 1

    His flamboyant lifestyle has caused a few headlines off the course but on it has achieved some notable wins. 'The Wild Thing' won the PGA Championship in his first year as a US Tour player in 1991 and also won the Open at St Andrews in 1995.

  133. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    M Mashumirra: Would love Poulter and Westwood final pairing on Sunday. With Scott, Woods, Bubba and Rose chasing up behind. Nothing quite like The Open.

    Paolo Brand: Super start by Rory McIlroy, perfect place to be, The Open leader.

    Bob: Well Ernie has just blown it all away in one moment of madness!! Come on Ernie concentrate man!

  134. Post update

    Scott bends in a 10-foot par putt at the second to stay level, Pittsburgh's Brendon Todd is out in 31 after a birdie at nine. Scott on the 426-yard third and he clips one down the middle with an iron. Rose also parred the second to remain on an even keel and he also pops one down the middle of the third. Todd Hamilton, winner at Royal Troon in 2004, is in with a 77. Kaymer in all sorts of bother on the par-five fifth, playing his fourth from behind a bush...

  135. Leaderboard

    The Open

    Rory McIlroy leads Matteo Manassero by one shot on six under, with five other players a further shot back on four under.

    Selected others: -3: Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US); -2: Louis Oosthuizen (SA); -1: Stewart Cink (US), Hunter Mahon (US), Martin Kaymer (Ger); Par: David Howell (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Adam Scott (Aus), Phil Mickelson (US), Bubba Watson (US), Lee Westwood (Eng); +1: Ian Poulter (Eng), +2: Paul Casey (Eng), Sandy Lyle (Sco)

  136. Post update

    Yoshinobu Tsukada of Japan birdies 13 and 14 to move into that bulging group on three under, Bubba missed that wee birdie putt at three. Fine recovery by Westwood at the first, curls in a 12-footer for par.

  137. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    American billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump talking from New York on BBC Radio 5 live about his recent purchase of Turnberry golf course for a reported $63m: "Over the years I've played Turnberry many times and it's one of the most beautiful courses in the world so to have the opportunity to buy it is amazing.

    "We'll be doing certain adjustments in conjunction with the R&A and I'll be spending at least £100m on the hotel. I consider Turnberry to be a trust and I am going to take great care of it.

    "I haven't heard there is a question mark over Turnberry hosting the Open in 2019. Some of the great battles at the Open have taken place there and the R&A consider it to be a very important course."

  138. Post update

    Westwood finds sand with his approach at the first, Gallacher pours in a birdie at the 18th for a round of 70. Mickelson has got a 20-yarder for birdie at the third and that's not too shabby, he'll pop in for par. Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez birdies the fourth, moves to one under.

  139. Player profile

    Lee Westwood (14:38 tee-off)

    Lee Westwood signs autographs

    Age: 41 Country: England

    World ranking: 28

    Majors: None

    England's nearly main the majors. Finished runner-up in the US Masters and The Open in 2010. He was also just a shot away from play-offs in the 2008 US Open and 2009 Open and in total has had eight top three finishes in majors. Looked as though his wait was coming to ane end at Muirfield last year, leading by two with a round to play, but he could not hold on.

  140. Post update

    Scott misses that birdie attempt at the first, yanked it left. Westwood with a five wood on the first, pings one down the middle. Bubba right at the pin at three, he's striking the ball very handily. Pretty ordinary from Mickelson, shot gone for Scotland's Stephen Gallacher at 17, he drops to -1. Kaymer missed that short birdie attempt at the fourth, he stays one under

  141. Get involved

    #bbcgolf

    Arcathorn Windtalker: Sergio's going to break my heart, again, this weekend. I can tell.

    Nick Taylor: Crikey - what's happened to Ernie Els? That was the strangest/shortest 3-putt I think I've ever seen!

    Dawn Diaper: What was Els doing? That's like me playing a grumpy game of crazy golf when I would prefer to be eating an ice cream.

    Els missed two tap-ins, including one back-handed putt, on the first hole for a triple-bogey seven. Anyone else got any examples a golfing howler either from a pro or your own round?

  142. Garcia enjoys 'beautiful day'

    Sergio Garcia

    Sergio Garcia talking on BBC Two after shooting a four-under-par 68 to finish two shots behind leader Rory McIlroy: "It was a beautiful day to play. We don't seem to get a lot of those days in the Open, it was nice to play very well as well. I have always loved this championship, after the Ryder Cup it is always my favourite to play.

    "I love the links, the knowledgeable crowds, how you have to think about every shot."

  143. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    Martin Young: Great to see Tiger Woods back in action at The Open. Would love to see Tiger and Rory last pair on Sunday.

    Griffiths: Love golf on the BBC. Peter Alliss and team make us feel such at home.

    Arcathorn Windtalker: Sergio's going to break my heart again this weekend. I can tell.

  144. Post update

    Scott with a nice second at the first, could be off the mark with a birdie. Woods is back on the range already, no rest for the big fella. Kaymer with his second at four, corker, could make birdie from about six feet. Rose with a cute putt from off the front of the first green, should be par.

  145. Post update

    Mickelson with a peach into the second, could make birdie, Matt Kuchar makes eagle at 18 for a 71. Boo Weekley, a former Ryder Cupper, birdies four and five to move to two under par. Lodewicus Oosthuizen, champion in 2010, is in with a 70, Els has let another shot go at two, he's four over already. Mickelson makes par, as does Bubba.

  146. Former champions on day one

    Padraig Harrington

    Padraig Harrington made it back-to-back Open victories with his mark of three over enough to take the 2008 title at Royal Birkdale.

    He has work to do to repeat the feat though, carding two over in his opening round at Hoylake. Bogeys on holes six, seven, 16 and 17 cost him.

  147. Post update

    Here's Bubba, parachuting in at the second, straight into the guts of the green. World number one Adam Scott about to let rip at the first and that's a beauty, a willowy right-to-lefter. Justin Rose, coming into the tournament with two straight wins, finds semi-rough with his tee shot, Jason Dufner, the 2013 US PGA champion, spanks one down the middle.

  148. McIlroy enjoys 'perfect round'

    Rory McIlroy

    Leader Rory McIlroy speaking to BBC Sport after his opening round of 66: "It's sort of does constitute the perfect round, especially in the first round of an Open. I couldn't ask for anymore. I stuck to my gameplan, focused on the par five and tried to pick up other shots. For the most part my golf ball was under control and I'm very happy.

    "I'm really glad I went up to Aberdeen last week and played four competitive rounds of links golf. The conditions are perfect and that's why so many guys are under par but it was great to get some competitive golf coming into this week.

    "I'm playing well, swinging the club really nicely, holed some nice putts and I'll try to continue to do that and hopefully have another solid round tomorrow. I won't approach it differently. They're forecasting a little more wind, I'm at six under par and just keep it going one shot at a time."

  149. Adam Scott (14:27 BST tee-off)

    Age: 34 Country: Australia.

    World ranking: 1

    Majors: Masters 1

    Scott has had good chances to win the last two Opens, losing a four-shot lead at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and getting passed by Phil Mickelson last year at Muirfield. Few are better with a driver, and that could be an important club at a Royal Liverpool links that is more green and lush than last time. Scott is getting comfortable at No. 1 in the world - he has been there nearly two months now.

  150. Get involved

    #bbcgolf

    Stephen Blevins: Great start for @McIlroyRory but he won't be happy with that 66. Left 3 or 4 out there.

    David caffrey: Clickety click, cracking round Rory.

    Nick Taylor: Come on Rory McIlroy we know that you're not going repeat your Friday meltdown this time. You can do this!

  151. Post update

    Here's Bubba with a two iron at two and that's straight down the middle again, or at least it was at the end. After a big hook at the first, Ernie has pushed his second. Els has been imbued with the spirit of Ronnie Corbett, seemingly overnight.

  152. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "That was so unlike Ernie, he's normally so deliberate. To do that on the first hole of a major, that was very strange and so out of character. He is probably in shock. His caddie in bigger shock. That was ridiculously careless."

  153. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy's Matteo Manassero talking on BBC Radio 5 live after a five-under-par round of 67: "It was a fantastic round and a wonderful way to to start the Open Championship in this wonderful weather. It's great to be near the top of the leaderboard and I dream of having a Sunday afternoon tee time. It was a good day for three Italians."

  154. Howler from Els

    Ernie Els's race could be run at the first hole. One minute he's having a laugh and a joke with Mickelson, the next he's missed two tiddlers, including a back-hander you see club hackers miss on any given Sunday, for a triple-bogey seven. What a colossal nause-up from the two-time champion.

  155. Tiger confident after fightback

    Tiger Woods talks to BBC One after his round of 69: "That was a rough start there, bogeying the first two. I stayed patient. I figured it was one of those days where someone would shoot seven under par today and I had to just get in there and use the par fives I had to play.

    "If you've been off a few months it can be tough, compound that with surgery and it's hard.

    "My rounds at home were really good, I was excited at how I was playing at home. iIf I can do that at home, I can definitely do that here."

  156. Post update

    Here's Poulter with a birdie attempt at the last and he bends it in from 20-odd feet for a round of 73. Jimmy Walker leaves his birdie attempt left, a 69 for him, here's Mickelson with a long birdie attempt at the first... cosies it up there, should make par. Dustin Johnson, the big-hitter from Jupiter, Florida, is in with a 71...

  157. Westwood wants to capitalise

    Lee Westwood speaks to BBC One head of his first round: "Hoylake is a golf course that suits my game. I enjoy playing it. Hopefully the weather stays calm as it did all morning and we can make hay while the sun shines.

    "You want a low score to get in credit as the weather forecast seems average for the next few days."

    Westwood will tee off at 14:38 BST.

  158. Post update

    Canada's David Hearn, a late replacement for former champion Mark Calcavecchia, who's plane was cancelled, curls in a monstrous Bender in a Bun at 15, moves to two under. Ian Poulter having an ordinary day, as is Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, both two over through 17.

  159. Phil Mickelson (14:05 BST tee-off)

    Phil Mickelson

    Age: 44 Country: United States

    World ranking: 13

    Majors: Masters 3, British Open 1, PGA Championship 1

    Not even Mickelson thought he would ever win a Claret Jug until he delivered one of the great closing rounds last year at Muirfield. Perhaps even more surprising is that he has not won another tournament since then, and only once (Abu Dhabi) did he have a chance to win. All parts of his game have been in working order this year, just not at the same time. As always, he is at a stage in his career when great golf can show up when he least expects it.

  160. Player reaction

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tiger Woods talking on BBC Radio 5 live after a three-under-par round of 69: "I figured out how to manage my way around the golf course after an awful start, but got back to even par on the turn.

    "I know what it's like to win here but the golf course is completely different to when I won in 2006, it's much lusher. The weather forecast will change things over the next few days though.

    "It feels great to be competing again at the elite level and playing at Congressional really helped me. The more rounds I play I'm getting sharper and stronger."

  161. Post update

    The 2011 champion Darren Clarke tweets: Tough start but battled back well today. The golf course is immaculate. Need some proper links weather though! #blowhard

    Clarke finished with a level par 72.

  162. Post update

    Mickelson just misses the fairway with his tee shot, Ernie Els has pulled his left and hit someone right in the chops. Bubba with an iron, skims one down the middle... Spieth misses makeable birdie putt at the last and is in with a 71.

  163. Post update

    We have two southpaws on tee at the first - defending champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Bubba Watson. McIlroy in with a six-under 66, the wee man is looking bright and breezy in the Hoylake sun - but will he wither when the wind gets up?

  164. Post update

    Kevin Stadler, who recently won his first title at the 239th attempt, has stumbled out of the blocks with three straight bogeys. Sir Nicholas of Faldoshire doubles 14, drops to +3. McIlroy demonstrates the touch of a miniature portrait painter from the sand at 18, could make a bird from there.

    Rory McIlroy
  165. Post update

    Rory into the 18th and he's where Tiger was, bunker in front of the green. Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, makes a longun on 17 to moves to three under. Keep an eye on him, he's blooming late and he's blooming big...

  166. Leaderboard

    -6: Rory McIlroy (NI); -5: Matteo Manassero (Ita); -4: Brooks Koepka (US), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Jim Furyk (US); -3: Robert Karlsson (Swe), Marc Leishman (Aus), Koumei Oda (Jap), Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US)

    Selected others: -2: Stephen Gallagher (Sco), Thomas Bjorn (Den); -1: JordanSpieth (US), Stewart Cink (US); Par: Sandy Lyle (Sco), Darren Clarke (NI), Hunter Mahan (US), David Howell (Eng); +1: Tom Watson (US) +2: Ian Poulter (Eng), Paul Casey (Eng), Graeme McDowell (NI) +3: Padraig Harrington (Ire), Nick Faldo (Eng); +4: Angel Cabrera (Arg)

    Full leaderboard; Tee times

  167. Post update

    Charl Schwartzel, Masters champion in 2011, finishes birdie-birdie-birdie for a 71. Choi sends a six-footer over the cellophane bridge at 18, he finishes bogey-bogey for a 72. Padraig Harrington's not having a good time of it this year, the former two-time champion is in with a 74 despite a birdie at 18.

  168. Post update

    Ernie Els, winner in 2012, speaking to BBC Sport from the practice ground ahead of his 14:05 BST start time: "I like the course, I've played it quite a few times in practice. It's a little different to 2006, much greener, and hopefully the wind will stay away and this will be a scoring day.

    "It's been a quiet and disappointing season and we're more than halfway through the year. I need to get something going but links is my favourite type of golf."

  169. Post update

    Former Masters champion Zach Johnson, who finished sixth at the Open last year, comes up well short with his birdie attempt at the first, could be a shot gone. Marc Warren gets a shot back at the par-three 13th, back to three under he goes.

  170. Post update

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "As the years go by, certain players develop a certain stature and I think Rory McIlroy now has that stature. He is showing confidence and now knows he can compete with the great players."

  171. Hoylake course guide

    8th (Briars)

    Par four, 431 yards

    Briars Hole Hoylake

    A blind tee shot over and out-of-bounds hedge some 190 yards directly in front of you. Miss the trouble and you have relatively straight forward approach to a green protected by four bunkers.

    2006 difficulty rating: 13

  172. Post update

    Ernie Els

    Hoylake officials perhaps need to keep an eye on Ernie Els after he admitted he tried to steal a picture of himself the last time the Open was played here in 2006.

    The picture was of the South African winning 'the Tillman Trophy' on the Wirral links in 1988. "The reason I wanted the picture would be clear if you saw it - I was such a skinny lad with a nice haircut," he said.

    Els tees off at 14:05 BST.

  173. Post update

    McIlroy has got the big furniture out on 18 and given his ball a damn good thrashing. Lovely stuff. Matsuyama with his almost two-part swing, sends it high and mighty and straight down the middle, Spieth follows him down there.

  174. Post update

    Matsuyama pulling up trees, he makes another long-range birdie putt disappear at 17 and moves to three under. McIlroy stays six under and in the outright lead. I'm not sure if I mentioned, but Spain's Sergio Garcia is lurking on the shoulders of the leaders, in with a four-under 68.

  175. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "It will be interesting to see what Tiger has to say. It's rarely a negative comment. He'll have enjoyed that round because he would have been apprehensive beforehand.

    "He must have been nervous walking onto the first tee. His swing looked as sound as ever."

  176. Post update

    Korea's KJ Choi is rocking and rolling down the back nine - four birdies and four bogeys between 10 and 17, he doesn't know whether he's Essex or Kent at the moment. Shot gone for Marc Warren of Scotland at the par-four 12th, he drops to two under. McIlroy with a knee-knocker for par at 17...

  177. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Simon Dyson speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "A steward has been hit twice. You do feel incredibly guilty when you hit someone with a ball. A lot of the golfers don't shout fore."

  178. Woods finishes on three under par

    Stenson for birdie on 18 and that's straight down the pipe, the Swede in with a level-par 72. Woods makes par for a 69, four under down the back nine, Cabrera makes a ramshackle 76, despite a birdie at the last.

  179. Former champions on day one

    Stewart Cink

    Stewart Cink was borderline villain in 2009 when he beat 59-year-old Tom Watson in a play-off at Turnberry to win his only major to date.

    The American, 41, is in the clubhouse on one under after round one at Royal Liverpool.

  180. Post update

    McIlroy with four iron into the 17th green, from short scrub... just short, but should make par. Stenson with a decent long putt at 18, that should be a birdie from four feet. Woods with an awkward stance at 18 but that's a decent escape, should salvage his par. US Open champion Martin Kaymer, one of the jewels in this glorious year of German sport, gets chocs away at the first...

  181. Martin Kaymer (13:38 BST tee-off)

    Martin Kaymer

    Age: 29 Country: Germany

    World ranking: 12.

    Majors: US Open 1, PGA Championship 1

    Kaymer followed his eight-shot win at the U.S. Open this year by missing the cut, though it was in Germany during a week of celebrating his second major title. He returned to form at the French Open, and his wire-to-wire victories in two big events will only boost his confidence. Now that he has a full array of shots, the German needs to show a creative side on links golf. Only six players have won the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year - Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones.

  182. Post update

    Here's the willowy swing of Henrik Stenson, floating one in at 18, and Angel Cabrera, five over today, joins him on the dancefloor in two blows. The two-time major champion might not be here this weekend on this form. America's Todd Hamilton, winner in 2004, is falling apart down the back nine, three shots gone at 12 and 13...

  183. Leaderboard

    -6: Rory McIlroy (NI); -5: Matteo Manassero (Ita); -4: Brooks Koepka (US), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Jim Furyk (US); -3: Robert Karlsson (Swe), Marc Leishman (Aus), Koumei Oda (Jap), Rickie Fowler (US), Tiger Woods (US), Marc Warren (Sco)

    Selected others: -2: Jordan Spieth (US), Stephen Gallagher (Sco); -1: Sandy Lyle (Sco); Par: Darren Clarke (NI), Hunter Mahan (US); +2: Ian Poulter (Eng), Graeme McDowell (NI), Padraig Harrington (Ire).

  184. Post update

    Tiger trying to cut one into the 18th green and he's halted by the clickety-clicking of cameras. And again. Tiger not happy, this time he was almost into his down-swing... third-time lucky, into the front bunker, could get down in two from there.

  185. Miguel Angel Jimenez (13:27 BST tee-off)

    Age: 50 Country: Spain

    World ranking: 28

    Majors: None

    Joint third in the Open at Royal Lytham in 2001 and was the halfway leader at Muirfield last summer. The popular Spaniard is guaranteed a big crowd following him around. He's under way...

  186. Hoylake course guide

    7th (Telegraph)

    Par four, 480 yards

    Telegraph

    A tough driving role with bunkers on the left and right. There is gorse further protecting the right side with bunkers and deep rough around the green. The hole generally plays longer than first thought so be generous on your club length.

    2006 difficulty rating: 5

  187. Get Involved

    #bbcsport

    Mark Calcavecchia's flight was cancelled which means he won't be playing in The Open, but every cloud has a silver lining...

    Anna Hale: Mark Calcavecchia look on the happy side, I enjoyed your hotel room and cake, cheers!

    Mark Calcavecchia's cake
  188. Post update

    McIlroy in for birdie at 16 and he now has the outright lead on six under par. Scotland's Stephen Gallacher makes a bogey at 13 and drops back to two under, Stenson bogeyed 17 to drops to one over.

  189. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Many people will have had a bet on Angel Cabrera for the championship but he's got a lot of work to do to even be here for the weekend.

    "It almost sounds condescending to say Tiger has done well but so many people had written him off before he started."

    Woods is three under par and Angel Cabrera is five over par as they head up the 18th.

  190. Manassero: Co-leader on five under

    Matteo Manassero
  191. Manassero pleased with day one

    Italy's Matteo Manassero, 21, speaks to BBC One after his round of 67 puts him in a share of the lead on five under: "It's been a wonderful morning weather wise and with my game like that it's a great start to my Open Championship. I played solid and you have to do that in this weather to make birdies. That's what I did, it was a nice round of golf.

    "This golf course gives you a chance with two reachable par fives at the end and I managed to make birdies there."

    The youngest winner of the Open since the start of the 20th Century is Seve Ballesteros, who was 22 years, three months and 12 days old when he won in 1979.

  192. Post update

    Someone has just informed me that this season, Rory McIlroy is 43 under for his first rounds and 11 over for his second rounds. Bizarre. Woods thinks he's holed a long-range birdie putt at 17 but it lips out. Here's American wonder kid Jordan Spieth with a crackerjack approach at 16, he should get to two under. Woods stays three under, onto the 18th he marches.

  193. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Sergio Garcia can be disappointed he didn't take anything out of the par-five 16th and 18th but he played some real quality shots."

    Garcia finished four under par after a round of 68.

  194. Former champions on day one

    Darren Clarke

    Who could forget Darren Clarke's emotional win in 2011? The Northern Irishman is back in the clubhouse after an opening 72 on day one. Level par looks like it will keep him in contention unless someone comes up with a Tour de France like breakaway in the coming hours.

  195. Post update

    Henrik Stenson hacking out of some long stuff and into some more long stuff on 17. The Swede doles out some rough stuff to his club and that could be that for that particular instrument. Five men in the clubhouse on four under, there is hay to made at a glorious Royal Liverpool.

  196. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    Chris Lewis: Doesn't anyone shout fore anymore? Twice Ricky Fowler has gone wayward with no shout from anyone.

    Tom Davidson: Can I put in a complaint to HR about the Internet in the office not being good enough to stream The Open?

    Stephen Blevins: Rory's roaring and Tiger's on the prowl! What a shoot out that would make come Sunday afternoon!

  197. Post update

    Garcia dinks one on at 18 and that's not too handy, racing by. David Duval, champion in 2001 at Royal Lytham, is in with a one-over 73. Garcia's birdie putt stays right at 18 and he's in with a 68, one off the lead.

  198. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "Got chatting to three-time European Tour winner Nick Dougherty, here as part of BBC Radio 5 live's commentary team, while walking with the McIlroy group.

    "Born in Bootle, he played in the Open at Hoylake in 2006 (missed the cut) but has struggled in recent years and is playing on the Challenge Tour.

    "'This is a reminder of what was once there,' he told me. 'I'd rather be playing. It's difficult to watch the others doing it. But it gives you that hunger to keep going. I can earn my way back. It's inspiring to watch Rory. It makes me think 'I can do this'."

  199. Post update

    McIlroy makes a solid par at 15, stays in a share of the lead on five under. Luke Donald on 18, with a big stick from the fairway, comes up short of the green. McIlroy on tee at 16 and that's a boomer, slap-bang in the middle of the short stuff. Woods playing out of rough at 17, having landed an official a glancing blow on the cheek with another errant tee shot, and that's a lovely shot, cut into the centre of the green.

  200. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Get rid of the grey whiskers and put some cherry blossom on the hair and Darren Clarke will look 32 again."

    Clarke finished level par after a round of 72

  201. Get Involved

    #bbcgolf

    Phil Taylor: Are there any pros who don't like links golf? They all seem to love the creativity and imagination it requires.

    Niall Watson: Love the Open. Tiger looks great having had back surgery. Go Tiger!

    Stuart Silk: Conditions are going to get harder, will make end of day one interesting.

  202. Post update

    Furyk for a bird on 18 and he's raced it a few feet by. Tiger with his third at 16, out of some green-side fluff, and that's a peach, tap-in for birdie and three under, stays -2. Darren Clarke, champion in 2011, rolls in for par at the last and a level-par 72. Tom Watson, five-time champion, in for a 73 and Furyk in with a 68. Worth a punt.

  203. Former champions on day one

    Sir Nick Faldo

    Three-time Open champion Nick Faldo managed 18 pars on his final round at St Andrews to win the Claret Jug in 1987 and he is in similar mood today.

    The 56-year-old is one over par after 10 holes, with nine pars and a bogey.

  204. Post update

    Afternoon. This isn't Andy Cryer, this is Ben Dirs. You join me, or I join you, as McIlroy pars the 14th and Tiger Woods makes a monstrosity of his tee shot at the par-five 16th. What a rotter.

  205. Post update

    Anyway, with Rory McIlroy sharing the lead at the Open, time I passed you onto the more then capable hands of Ben Dirs.

    Over to you Ben......

  206. Post update

    Tiger Woods is in a tricky position in the rough on 15. He was close to cutting the ball onto the green but his gamble has backfired and left him a testing up and down to save his par. He'll probably go and chip it in now........

  207. The leaders

    Matteo Manassero and Rory McIlroy

    The co-leaders of the Open have a combined age of just 46. Matteo Manassero, 21, and Rory McIlroy, 25, are revelling in kind conditions at Royal Liverpool on five under but have six players giving chase a shot behind.

    The last three winners of the Open have been over 40, could this be a changing of the guard?

    Full leaderboard; Tee times

  208. Post update

    Lucky boy. Tiger Woods looks to be heading for the bunker from his tee shot on the 16th but somehow the ball squirms clear and sits nicely on the edge of the fairway. Woods will fancy his chances of setting up another birdie chance after four in the last five leaves him on two under and three shots off the lead.

  209. Player reaction

    Italy's Francesco Molinari speaking to BBC Sport after an eagle on the 18th took him to four under par, one off the lead: "There were just a couple of bogeys to not make it perfect but it was an excellent morning. Conditions were ideal. I've been here since Sunday and it's a really fair test of golf it's all in front of you. I enjoyed this morning and hope there's more to come.

    "My brother was two or three groups in front and I kept an eye on him. He had a faster start so I had to catch up. I was just happy to post a good score and it's put me in a good position hopefully.

    "We've played together in the last group a couple of times and he finished winning both tournaments so I need to improve my record when I'm playing alongside him but there's a lot of golf to go."

  210. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "If Tiger does a score under 70 after his shaky start, that will be a very good round of golf."

  211. Woods moves to two under

    Tiger Woods has a strut in his stride as he makes his fourth birdie in the last five holes. The American keeps his head incredibly still as he rolls home a putt from about six feet on the par-three 15th to move to two under. After a shocking start, Woods is making a mockery of the fact he has been out for most of the year with a back injury.

  212. Manassero shares lead on five under

    Rory McIlroy has company in the lead on five under as Matteo Manassero birdies the par-five 18th to take the clubhouse lead.

  213. Hoylake course guide

    6th (New)

    Par three, 201 yards

    New Hole, Hoylake

    The most challenging par three on the course. Normally played into a crosswind, it is surrounded by deep bunkers. The long, narrow green slopes from back to front.

    2006 difficulty rating: 6

  214. Former champions on day one

    This will not be happening this year.

    Paul Lawrie

    Paul Lawrie, champion in 1999, has had a Liverpool nightmare on day one, finishing seven over par with six bogeys and a double littering his card. His chances of landing the Claret Jug appear over, though he did fight back from 10 behind to win in '99 - still a record turnaround.

  215. Post update

    John Singleton's friend Sid talks about the factory worker's amazing story: "This is really weird. We're using to playing with him in the Willow Open organised by our local and here he is at Royal Liverpool. He had to borrow a couple of wedges for qualifying and those clubs are definitely new. Sponsors have been falling over themselves to give him free stuff."

    Singleton is level through seven on his Open debut.

  216. Post update

    Rickie Fowler is lurking menacingly just one shot back from leader Rory McIlory after a birdie on 16 to move back to four under. Fowler likes links golf and will fancy his chances this week.

  217. Italians among the leaders

    So here is where we are up to...