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Andy Cryer and Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Farewell

    We are back from 06:45 BST

    And that will do us for day one of The Open. A handful of players are still hacking it up but none will threaten the lead.

    What a mammoth day. We had Spieth's early charge, the latest offering on Tiger's demise, Dustin firing rockets down the fairway and ultimately, the day belongs to the latter.

    Dustin Johnson, it's on you tomorrow, just as it was at Chambers Bay in June. No pressure.

    Dustin Johnson

    Join us on our live text from 06:45 BST on Friday and keep abreast of the late runners on the leaderboard. Over and out.  

  2. Double bogey

    Chesters -1

    Bogey, bogey, double bogey for Ashley Chesters to finish. The 18th has not been playing too harshly so it's a surprise he gave two back and he ends one under.

  3. A profitable day for some...

    Quote Message: We know it could be a different day tomorrow with the weather. The only people who will be happy if it rains will be the umbrella salesmen. from Peter Alliss BBC Sport commentator
    Peter AllissBBC Sport commentator
  4. Bright outlook for afternoon starters

    weather map

    And here is the situation in the afternoon.

    Those who could benefit include:

    14:34 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth 

    14:45 Paul Lawrie  

    14:56 Tiger Woods,  Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen

  5. Weather worries for morning starters

    weather map

    This is the weather facing the morning starters tomorrow, St Andrews is just visible beneath all that rain.

    Below are some of the players affected and their tee-times (All BST)

    08:00 Zach Johnson 

    08:11 Danny Willett

    09:33 Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson , Henrik Stenson 

    09:44 Justin Rose, Sir Nick Faldo, Rickie Fowler.

    Bring an umbrella. The afternoon lookahead next...

  6. Player reaction

    Hearn +2

    Canadian Hearn has been in good form lately and with a 15:40 tee off time on Friday, could get some luck with the weather. The morning looks grim, check out or next entry...

  7. Spieth - an alien

    Spieth tees off at 14:34 on Friday

    Quote Message: I think Jordan Spieth is from another planet. He's from another world the way he's played today. He's been 21 longer than my aunt has been 49. Fame doesn't appear to have changed him. His head is of a 40-year-old and the rest of him is 21 perhaps. from Peter Alliss BBC Sport commentator
    Peter AllissBBC Sport commentator
    Jordan Spieth
  8. Impressive amateurs

    Quote Message: Amateurs aren't amateurs as we used to know them! You rarely get middle-aged gentleman now - it's all youngsters, brimming with energy and desperate for glory from Ken Brown BBC Sport commentator
    Ken BrownBBC Sport commentator
  9. Bogey

    Chesters -3

    Hold it together Ashley, hold it together. Ashley Chesters gives away consecutive bogeys and is back to three under with one to play. He couldn't escape the 17th and will now certainly be behind Jordan Niebrugge (-5) in the race for the amateur's silver medal.

  10. Ouch!

    Faldo ends +11

    This is the look of a man who has just shot an 83. 

    Nick Faldo
  11. Bogey

    Rose -1, Fowler level, Faldo +11

    While Rickie Fowler taps in for par, Justin Rose is off script and dribbles a par putt past. He will drop to one under for the day. 

    Nick Faldo can only dream of such a score. Cover your eyes, his par maintains +11 for day one. Yikes.

  12. Fowler on 18

    Fowler currently level par

    Rickie Fowler

    Rickie Fowler, in his all blue tracksuit (looks as bad as sounds), hits a wedge into the 18th at level par.

    They all go over the flag here and hope to spin it back. He gets the first bit right but the spin is lacking, few have got a tonne of spin on the ball today.

    Fowler will have 20 feet or more for a birdie and an under-par round.

  13. Player reaction

    Lawrie (-6, 66)

    Lawrie will have the best of conditions as he is out early tomorrow. That is if you believe the weather forecasters. Can he win it again?

  14. Leaderboard


    Selected others:  -5 A Chesters (Eng) -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) M Warren (Sco) -3 T Fleetwood (Eng) -2 J Rose (Eng) S Garcia (Spa) P Mickelson (US) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US)    

  15. Birdie

    Mickelson ends -2, Stenson +1

    Phil Mickelson

    In she pops Lefty. Phil Mickelson takes his hat off and looks windswept but birdie on 18 will make him feel a whole lot better as he reaches two under. What a battle.

    Henrik Stenson alongside him pushes his putt a little and looks frustrated. It's par and one over for the day.

  16. Day one review

    Now on BBC Two

  17. Woods (+4, 76)

    For those of you who are joining us late... It was ugly.

    Tiger Woods
  18. Frenetic finale

    Action, action everywhere, Justin Rose fizzes one at the 17th flag with a wedge... holes it... no. So close. A tap in par converted.

    Phil Mickelson, wedge in hand, can he get a stroke back on 18? Here it comes, back spin, yummy. Very makeable birdie attempt from 18.

    Ashley Chesters, the amateur, for par on 16, no. Lips out. Back to four under. Still a dreamy round but what odds he makes it through 17 unscathed?

  19. The toughest hole on Tour

    The PGA Tour's Bill Cooney produces a statistic to underline why the 17th hole is dashing the hopes of many today...

  20. How bad do you dress?

    Tweet us on #bbcgolf

    These spectators have come out in full support of the bad trouser wearing day at The Open.

    What is your golf wardrobe like? Tweet #bbcgolf.

    Spectators wearing brightly coloured trousers at The Open
  21. Bogey

    English beauty, Mickelon's waste

    Harris English's ball on green

    Beautiful from AmericanHarris Englishon 16. He lashes one firm and low at the target and from a long way out will have a dolly tap in for a birdie and three under.

    Now, canPhil Mickelsonbuild on his own stunner of an approach on 17? Oh Phil. Bogey, back to one under. His putt is pushed and slides on left of the hole.

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    Mr Law:  Congratulations to Bronte Law who has just defended the English Women's Championshps at Hunstanton Golf Club with a score of -13 which was sixteen shots better than second place. Bronte also shot a course record 63 on Tuesday. Well done Bronte! Dad.

  23. Mickelson dead-eye on 17

    Phil Mickelson decides the 17th is worthy of laying up, big pressure on his third shot then if he is to make par. It's a wedge over the bunker and is it good? Is it good? Yes it is. Falls from the sky to leave six feet for par.

    Paul Casey and Branden Grace tick along, pars on 16 leave them two under and four under respectively.

  24. 17 - Road Hole

    No birdies, 43 pars, 69 bogeys and 15 double bogeys or worse.

  25. No one likes 17

    Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose are all about to play the 17th and it is an experience which may need the odd prayer.

  26. English Womens Amateur Championship

    Bronte Law, 20, has won the English Womens Amateur Championship by 16 shots.

    Law, who plays at Bramhall Golf Club in Stockport, finished on -13.

    Her nearest rival Rochelle Morris was three-over.

  27. Player reaction

    Larrazabal +4

  28. Birdie

    Scott -2, Kaymer -1

    She is an absolute ripper for Adam Scott. He looks like he has put too much beef on his putt at 18 but it rattles into the cup and a score of two under is respectable. How did that not jump the hole?

    Can Martin Kaymer hole a big one to end the day under par. All in blue, he lines it up from left to right and bang, get underground ball.

    Martin Kaymer
  29. Almost good for Rose

    Rose -3

    Justin Rose is off the 16th green but it's makeable for par. Here it comes, pace on it, good line, very good line, ouch. That is agonisingly wide of the cup and he taps in for his second bogey of the day.

  30. Player reaction

    Fleetwood (-3, 69)

    Great use of the wind emoji by Tommy.

  31. Faldo's nightmare

    Nick Faldo is into double figures over par but dribbles a good birdie putt from range which affords a tap in on 16. The 57-year-old said he wanted to make the cut before he started his round. Not looking likely.

    Sir Nick Faldo
  32. Birdie

    Casey -2

    It looks straight forward on 15 for Paul Casey, it is. Four feet, no doubt, two under. Casey has gone somewhat under the radar but if he can card a 70 it would be solid stuff.

    Paul Casey
  33. Scott makes par on 17

    Quote Message: A golden par on the 17th, he remains under par." from Andrew Cotter BBC Sport commentator at St Andrews
    Andrew CotterBBC Sport commentator at St Andrews

    The 17th is currently averaging nearly one stroke above its par.

  34. A good save

    Mickelson -2, Gallacher +1

    Scotland's Stephen Gallacher has felt the force of the back nine at full throttle. Three bogeys and no birdies have splattered his card and he is back to one over with a hole left.

    Can Phil Mickelson save par on 16, it's not a nice putt but well holed. He even does a fist pump. Steady.

    phil Mickelson
  35. 'It's suddenly pretty cold'

    Quote Message: It's suddenly pretty cold out there and the wind is up enough that it's starting to make putting tricky. The giant scoreboards in the media tent tells the story - a mass of red on the left-hand side for the late starters, representing birdies on the outward nine, and a mass of blue on the right-hand side, representing bogeys - or worse. from Ben Dirs BBC Sport reporter at St Andrews
    Ben DirsBBC Sport reporter at St Andrews
  36. Wind bites two big guns

    Justin Rose is in for his par on 15, still has work to do to maintain his position here. Both Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson go with almighty smashes on 16 but the wind is having none of it."Get back ball, get away from that flag," cry the elements.

    The pair are on the fringe and will do well to make par.

  37. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -5 A Chesters (Eng) -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) M Warren (Sco) -3 J Rose (Eng) T Fleetwood (Eng) -2 S Garcia (Spa) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US)  

  38. What a shot!

    Justin Rose - currently -3

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose is stood in sand on 15, this is nasty, he has around 50 yards to the pin. With a swish he takes some sand effortlessly and this ball is good, this ball is very good. It takes the slope and that leaves five or six feet for par.

  39. D Willett (-6, 66)

    It looks like Danny boy has a former England captain on his side. Has Shearer had a wager?

  40. Where there's a Willett, there's a way

    Danny Willett in the clubhouse on -6

    Englishman Danny Willett, who is in the club house on six-under, speaking to BBC Two:  "It's been a good day. It was a bit tricky in the afternoon, but I got a couple of sneaky flags. The back nine was really tricky so to come out with 33 there I was pleased. I played some really solid golf and I gave myself chances to make birdies and I got a lot of pars. I'm not worrying about the weather forecast for tomorrow. You could wake up and it's blown through and flat calm, or it could be really blowing. You just have to take it as it comes."

  41. Friday's weather

    A quick glance at Friday's weather. Note the higher winds and rain in the morning. Not good for those who started late today as they go early tomorrow. 

    Great news for the likes of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson who kick off tomorrow afternoon.

    BBC Weather
  42. 'Open brings the best out of me'

    Zach Johnson in the clubhouse on -6

    Zach Johnson, who is tied for second on six-under-par, speaking to BBC Two:  "I just love the challenge that the Open brings. I thoroughly enjoy what this tournament presents and requires of a golfer. It brings the best out of me and I love the fight. You have to remain patient, persevere and fight to the end. You can work on your technique but there's so much to do with the feel. You feel the wind, and then hopefully pull the rigger at the right time."

  43. Phil with work to do

    On to number 16 comes Phil Mickelson, his birdie effort on 15 slid past. Don't tell Phil but his morning tee time on Friday is currently not good in terms of weather. A nasty draw. Tee shot on 16 is safe but lacks length. The darn wind.

    "Shot Henrik", says one fan in the gallery in a northern accent. Up the middle for Stenson.

    Mickelson is two under, Stenson level.

  44. Get Involved

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    Send us your best or worst golf clothing efforts. This one is a cracker.

  45. Birdie

    Adam Scott from 30 feet, he's all over it and that's one in the pocket for the Aussie. A monster birdie putt, one under with two to play. Don't give it back on 17 Scotty.

    Adam Scott
  46. Birdie chance for Phil

    The par four 17th is under the gust. The wind is pushing the flag left to righ and Henrik Stenson's ball gets pushed off the green as a result. Phil Mickelson, like Pythagoras, is a mathematician capable of calculating the conundrum and his iron offers up a birdie chance from 10 feet. Can he get to three under.

  47. Why is DJ out ahead?

    Dustin Johnson in the clubhouse on -7

    Dustin Johnson

    Dustin Johnson also hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation. He was powerful and accurate to say the least. The man to catch and in these conditions, his lead should hold.

  48. Faldo struggles on

    Ashley Chesters

    Ashley Chesters rips one from the grizzly rough... ping... a beautiful sound and that's how you turn trouble into a positive, a birdie putt from range awaits for the high-flying amateur.

    Nick Faldo goes back to the tee to hit a second ball, a glum day for him to say the least. 

    Martin Kaymer from the fairway on 16, hits the green but a monster putt to move to two under will be his reward.

  49. Post update

    Quote Message: It's been well over four minutes searching for Nick Faldo's lost ball on the 14th! It's not looking good - and he's already well over par. from Maureen Madill BBC TV on-the-course commentator
    Maureen MadillBBC TV on-the-course commentator
  50. Birdie

    Go on, get in, I dare you... it's Danny Willett at the last from range and boom, get under ground. Birdie and tasty. This guy is now six under. He loves a tweet so we will keep an eye on his account and his brother also loves social media too. Plenty to shout about with that round.

  51. That's ugly!

    We did say 17 was tough...

    The Road Hole is very much one to get behind you.

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  53. More moody clobber...

    We have had a pop at John Daly's clothing today but surely the young, flashy Rickie Fowler can't gather our attention for a wardrobe malfunction? I'm not convinced by this... is it a tracksuit?

    Rickie Fowler
  54. Birdie

    Johnson in for -6

    Zach Johnson

    Get in that hole. A super round from Zach Johnson and he probably deserves this one to drop... it does. A long left-to-right effort wipes its feet but job done, a 67 and six under.

    Bernd Wiesberger - French Open champion - alongside him makes bogey, that's level par for the 18 holes and England's Tommy Fleetwood is safely in, three under for the day.

  55. Flying amateur

    No bogeys, three birdies and an eagle, that's what amateur Ashley Chesters has managed by the 10th hole. A nerveless putt saves par there and he marches off, a quick glimpse of his ball. Next. This is business like from the 26-year-old, five under.

    Ashley Chambers
  56. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) M Warren (Sco) -3 J Rose (Eng) T Fleetwood (Eng) -2 S Garcia (Spa) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US)

  57. An under-par day of scoring

    By my calculation, 79 of the 156 players are under par. So what is a good score? 

    The eight over par efforts of Liang Wen-Chong and Mark Calcavecchia are certainly not. They are currently joint last, two behind Nick Faldo and four back from Tiger Woods.

  58. Is Oost the man to watch?

    A fairly ominous tweet from the European Tour. Should the rest pack up and go home?

    Louis Oosthuizen is five under after day one.

  59. Post update

    Quote Message: It's a much different course now than it was for the players earlier in the day with the weather. Anyone who's on the course now and is in contention by the end of the day has played very well indeed. from Peter Alliss BBC Sport commentator
    Peter AllissBBC Sport commentator
  60. Bogey

    17 claims its prey

    Bernd Wiesberger gives one back on 17, he drops to one under. Zach Johnson had the perfect read on that putt so can he now execute from the same position? Come on, don't get your hopes up, this is 17 after all. Bogey for Johnson, two back from the lead.

  61. Mickelson in trouble

    Pump. Phil Mickelson on the 13th takes wood off the fairway and he needs his JCB next. In the greenside rough. Not nice. This course is smiling now, winning the arm wrestle against the world's best players late in the day.

  62. Johnson faces 17 challenge

    Now the 17th has been grim all day. A par four, it's taking an average 4.83 strokes so it's the perfect place for Zach Johnson to fudge the good work which has got him to six under.

    The American has a chip from range and his catches it nice and thin, he's actually chipping from on the green so it had to be a fine contact. It leaves some 15 feet for par and 17 could claim another shot shortly. Bernd Wiesberger is currently two under and has the exact same shot, he lands within an inch of Johnson's ball. Maybe 17 will claim two here.

    Zach Johnson
  63. Townsend on Daly's trousers

    Quote Message: It looks like someone has eaten some weird coloured ice cream and thrown up. from Jay Townsend Former American golf professional on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    Jay TownsendFormer American golf professional on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
    John Daly trousers
  64. Post update

    Rose (-4 after 11)

    Justin Rose with a fast putt from just off the green on 12. He doesn't hit it and leaves himself a nasty four footer.

  65. Head for heights?

    Here's the man who helps to bring you your live images of the golf...yes all the way up there! 

  66. Post update

    Rose (-4 after 11)

    Justin Rose is still there or thereabouts. His second shot on 12 isn't great but is safe enough just shy of the green. Should get up and down to stay on four under.

  67. Player reaction

    Howell (-4 after 18)

    David Howell talking to BBC Two after shooting 68, his equal best opening round in The Open: "I played really nicely, one bad drive on 13 cost me a shot but apart from that I did everything well. That back nine was tough, it was a game of two halves, a classic St Andrews day. Who knows what tomorrow is going to bring?"

  68. Get Involved

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    Thanks for this one Gordon. "Oh dear" sounds about right. 

    Keep your images of dodgy/brilliant golf clobber coming to #bbcgolf.

  69. Post update

    Warren (-4 after 17)

    Marc Warren on the middle of the fairway on 18. Lands a wedge safely on the green, but a long way from the hole. A two putt will see him finish on four under and right in the mix.

  70. Life's a beach

    A nice bit of sand sculpting going on behind the action...

    Sand scuplture
  71. What a shot!

    Kuchar (-3 after 12)

    A horrible pitch for Matt Kuchar from off the green with his third shot on 12. He needs to land it over a hollow and he does it to perfection. Just a foot short and he saves par. Nice touch.

  72. That's ugly!

    Daly's dynamic number

    These are the offending John Daly slacks which have prompted today's request for your golfing wardrobe choices. He's doing pretty well in them though, two under through 16 holes.

    John Daly
  73. Dream debut

    England amateur Paul Kinnear on BBC Two after a two-under-par 70:  "It didn't feel real. I was just hitting my shots and everything was pulling off. I was really happy and in the zone. 

    "I struggled a bit going into the wind on the back nine but I am made up with 70 in my first Open."

  74. Post update

    Willett (-5 after 16)

    A beauty of a birdie putt by Danny Willett on 16. Twenty feet, up hill and against the wind and he knocks it to within inches. Impressive stuff from Willett. 

    Marc Warren taps home for par on 17.

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    As a result of John Daly's crazy trousers, we have been asking you to send images of your best or worst golf attire.

    Keep them coming to #bbcgolf.

  76. Post update

    Warren (-4 after 16)

    Marc Warren

    Remember that troubleMarc Warrenfound himself in on 17? The Scot was in the bunker around the green but almost holes it for birdie as the ball lips out. He should save par at least.

  77. Iain Carter's round-up

    Quote Message: Conditions were at their best this morning but they are far from treacherous this afternoon.Dustin Johnson is on -7 for the outright lead while Paul Lawrie rolled back the years in 66 to be a shot off the lead alongside Jason Day. The big move has been made by Danny Willett on five-under after 14, two shots of the lead and alongside Jason Spieth, the man of the golfing moment on his quest for a third consecutive major. The other threat is Zach Johnson who is six-under after 15 and it has been an awful day for Tiger Woods who shot a 76 in the best of conditions. from Iain Carter BBC Golf correspondent at St Andrews
    Iain CarterBBC Golf correspondent at St Andrews
  78. Missed opportunity

    Rose (-4 after 10)

    Justin, Justin, Justin. Rose looks certain to birdie the par-four 10th after driving the green. He slides a putt wide from a few feet though to three putt and miss a birdie chance. Par for the Englishman and a missed opportunity.

  79. Johnson still leads on his own

    D Johnson (-7, 65)

    Remember Dustin Johnson dominated the US Open before flunking the final hole. 

  80. Bunker for Warren

    Warren (-4 after 16)

    Scotland's Marc Warren the latest to find a greenside bunker on 17. He is well in contention on four under but we'll have to see how much damage he has done there.

    Marc Warren
  81. J Daly (-3 after 15)

    John Daly's trousers sparking much debate....

    Quote Message: The curtains in your gran’s room, where nobody has slept for years - that is what John Daly’s trousers are like.” from John Inverdale Radio 5 live presenter at St Andrews
    John InverdaleRadio 5 live presenter at St Andrews
  82. Birdie

    Oda (-4 after 8)

    Unerring accuracy from Japan's  Koumei Oda as he holes a putt from about 10 feet for his third birdie in a row on eight. Up to four under.  Huge cheers on 10 as Rickie Fowler eagles 10 to climb to one under, he needed that. 

  83. Leaderboard

    D Johnson (-7, 65)


    Selected others: -5 D Willet (Eng) -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) J Rose (Eng) M Warren (Sco) -3  T Fleetwood (Eng) -2 S Garcia (Spa) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US)

  84. Post update

    Mickelson (-2 after 10)

    Phil Mickelson with a wedge into the middle of the green on the par-three 11th. After a birdie on 10, is he about to make a charge?

    Phil Mickelson
  85. Post update

    Faldo (+5 after 9)

    Sir Nick Faldo is not having a good time out here in his last Open. The Englishman is already five over after nine and his eagle attempt on 10 from down in a hollow off the green flies past the hole and leaves him a good 20 feet for birdie. He can't help but laugh.

  86. On-demand highlights

    Plenty of great shots and behind-the-scenes clips for you to check out.

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  87. J Day (-6, 66)

  88. Double bogey

    Ogilvy (-7 after 17)

    If anyone's going to take the clubhouse lead off Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson looks like the man to do it. The American is one shot back on six under with three to play.

    Geoff Ogilvy won't be doling it as he drops three shots in the last two holes, including a double bogey on 17..

  89. Eagle!

    No, not one for a golfer, just a rather large bird of prey at St Andrews this afternoon

  90. Get Involved

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    Ian Gale: Ken Brown commented on the proximity of the Eden course to the 12th hole, but does he know that stray balls aren't the only hazard? Around 1980 a wiring fault on one of the RAF's Phantoms at nearby Leuchars led to a live missile accidentally firing across the Eden Estuary and burying itself in the Eden course! No call of 'Fore' was heard. 

  91. Birdie

    Kuchar (-2 after 10)

    Matt Kuchar's e agle putt whistles past the hole on 10 but he makes sure for birdie and moves back to two under... Henrik Stenson also makes birdie on 10 after missing an eagle chance and stays level with Kuch.  Tommy Fleetwood three putts on 15 to drop a shot and fall back to three under...

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  93. Getting tougher

    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs at Sr Andrews:  "I wouldn't say the wind is up but it is awake and threatening to get dressed. Some vigorous wakeboarding is taking place out in St Andrews Bay and the white horses are snorting louder than they were. Still, by local standards, it's pretty tame."

  94. Johnson clubhouse leader

    You get the feeling it is about holding on to what you have got for those out on the course now. The wind is up and the back nine is playing a lot tougher than front. Dustin Johnson will be a happy man to be in the clubhouse on seven under...

  95. Eagle chances

    two tee shots

    The par four 10th is 386 yards in length but these are the drives of Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson. Eagle chances? I think so.

    Phil Mickelson is short of the green. Anything less than birdie is failure and the trio are all one under par already.

  96. Post update

    Quote Message: Once the wind gets to this strength, it can affect putts considerably. Often you change your mind at the last minute because of the wind. from Phil Parkin BBC Two
    Phil ParkinBBC Two
  97. Wiesberger (-1 after 14)

    Bernd Wiesberger has come up with a clever solution to keep out the cold.

    The Austrian won the French Open recently.

    Bernd Wiesberger
  98. Big three turn under par

    Mickelson, Stenson and Kuchar are all in for pars on the ninth and all will turn under par but boy do they have work to do in these conditions now if they are to stay well placed.

    What can Zach Johnson conjure from the middle of the 15th fairway? Not a lot as he wedges well short of the green and will have to graft to get up and down. Johnson is just a stroke off the lead remember but has the horrific 17th to come.

    Zach Johnson
  99. Get Involved

    How bad do you dress?

    There are one or two moody outfits on the course at St Andrews but how good or bad is your golf clobber?

    Jamie Johnstone's tweet is a mish-mash to put it mildly. My eyes are bleeding.

    Tweet us on #bbcgolf.

  100. Birdie putt for Rose

    Nope. Not today Justin. Slides away and that's a good chance gone begging. Rosie at four under and will stay there.

    Justin Rose
  101. Wind one, Mickelson and gang nil

    Bogey, par, bogey has thwarted the Phil Mickelson charge and his latest wedge into the green perhaps underlines the difficulty these players are now facing. The wind is on top of this group and 'Lefty', Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar are all left with huge putts for birdie on nine. 

  102. Birdie

    Rose with back-to-back birdie chance

    Justin Rose taps in a straightforward birdie on seven, will he follow Phil Mickelson and under club at the eighth - a par three into the wind. Woosh... five feet for birdie again. Have some of that.

    Scotland's Marc Warren continues to prosper, a long and wonderfully judged birdie on 14 gives him five under. Geoff Ogilvy is bouncing along, he must feel 10 feet tall. But what's this? Bogey on 13 takes him back to five under.

  103. Birdie

    Willett (-5 after 13)

    Brilliant approach by Danny Willett as he reads the contours of the large 13th green to leave himself a very makeable birdie putt. Put this in and he moves to five under. He makes it.

  104. The wind is coming out to play

    St Andrews

    St Andrews - a picture of beauty. Beware, it's teeth are coming out. 

    As this wind picks up, you wonder if Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and other big names on the course will take what they have now. Their back nine could be morbid.

    Mickelson has six feet for par on eight, Henrik Stenson similar.

  105. That's ugly!

    The wind Phil Parkin alludes to has just kippered Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson on the par-three eighth. You guys need to club up as the stiff breeze stops the ball from making the dance floor. They are both 20 feet short and in the horrible rough stuff.

  106. Post update

    Quote Message: "The wind is as strong as it has been all day. It is picking up here." from Phil Parkin BBC Sport's on-the-course commentator
    Phil ParkinBBC Sport's on-the-course commentator
  107. Birdie

    Kuchar moves to -3

    Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson can tie the lead here but it's a long range birdie effort and it will drop will it... no. That was very close. Stays at six under.

    Is this a third birdie in the row for Matt Kuchar? Food and drink for him from that range on the seventh.

  108. Dan's the man

    England's Danny Willett is going along nicely at four under after 11...

    Danny Willett
  109. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

    Ogilvy (-5 after 11)

    Australia's Geoff Ogilvy is going along nicely with a birdie on 10 to take him to five under. 

    He was tied fifth on The Old Course back in 2005 but in 11 Open appearances he has never broken 70 in the first round. Chance to change that.

    Geoff Oglivy
  110. Faldo struggles continue

    Left-to-right, from 12 feet for Justin Rose, here comes the swing... it's in is it? No. He gave it half an inch too much on his read and it slopes past, par only on six so he stays at three under.

    What now for Nick Faldo?  it's just four feet for par but it's four feet too far and in a burgundy jumper, he is now three over. Not the fairytale final Open so far.

  111. How bad do you dress?

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    Incredible sock game on show here guys. Well played. 

  112. Birdie chances

    Rickie Fowler is in the wispy shot on the par-four sixth, it's a chip and run but his line is mildly off and though a chance, it's all of 15 feet for what would be his first birdie of the day.

    Zach Johnson is playing at the 13th green with a fairway wood and this one is a proper crack. Swish, he holds his position on follow through and glares, "c'mon baby", he says. It's good, a monster shot, a huge carry and a birdie chance.

  113. Birdie

    Stenson and Kuchar progress

    As Phil Mickelson exits the sixth with a bogey, his playing partners Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar both down six-to-eight footers for birdie. Kuchar is one under, Stenson two under.

  114. Leaderboard

    D Johnson (-7, 65)

  115. Carter's things you need to know

    3. The Old but new course

    Quote Message: The Old Course shows several architectural changes since the last time it staged the Open in 2010. Five times champion Peter Thomson said it was "like a bad dream" when he heard of the alterations and Ian Poulter branded them "insane." In truth, you will do well to spot them they have been subtly installed. The eleventh green is less severe providing for more options for pin positions and the famous Road Hole bunker has been widened and is more likely to gobble up errant approaches. from Iain Carter BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra
    Iain Carter BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra
  116. Views from St Andrews

    Coverage on Radio 5 live

  117. Boom

    kaboom. Rickie Fowler explodes one down the sixth fairway and perhaps without the same vigour, Nick Faldo also finds the middle of the landing space. Crackerjack drives.

    Phil Mickelson has around 30 feet for par after his fun in the bush, it's left-to-right all day but he doesn't get the read quite right and that will leave four feet for par.

  118. Lost balls, found balls, birdie balls?

    It turns out they were not looking for Zach Johnson's ball but Tommy Fleetwood's instead. Johnson instead has a birdie putt to share the lead.

    Henrik Stenson is one under now and taking aim at the sixth pin, four feet left for another.

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  120. Birdie

    Birdie for Rose - 3

    Justin Rose whips his putter back, a lovely arc, sends a ball down the slope on the fifth and that should be a tap in for birdie. Phil Mickelson is still looking in the tree for his ball, this well 100% be a penalty stroke and halt his momentum.

    "Guys would you mind going to the other side of the path," asks his caddy. When words like that are spoken, you know it's trouble.

    What about Rickie Fowler for birdie  from four feet? Nope. That was rancid. Stays level par.

  121. That's ugly!

    Lost balls?

    Phil Mickelson is in trouble off the sixth tee and is hitting a provisional ball and Zach Johnson is knee deep in rough searching for his ball on 12. Johnson has an army of helpers and five minutes to find it, it's like the Crystal Maze.

  122. Eagle

    Willett moves two off lead

    Danny Willett

    Oh that is a thing of beauty. All of 25 feet, right to left, up a slope, then left to right - bingo. Danny Willett makes eagle on 10 and is five under, two off the lead.

    What can Mickelson and Stenson do on five? Birdies apiece. Mickelson hits a poor eagle putt but sinks the return nicely and is already three under.

    One man who is seeing his day turn mildly sour is Paul Kinnear. The amateur is now two under after some bogey action. Five under for his front nine, three over for the back stretch so far.

  123. Course snacks

  124. Birdie

    Mickelson and Stenson with Eagle chances

    Mickelson pumps one up at the fifth way. None of this stop and spin malarkey here though at St Andrews. It bumps, runs, rolls and... he'll take that. Probably around 15 feet for eagle.

    Can Henrik Stenson better it? Remember he has no win in a major. A sumptuous seven iron and that leaves around 10 feet for what would be eagle and big leap into red numbers.

    Elsewhere, Zach Johnson - Mr Steady - moves to six under. No fireworks, just plod, plod, putt, putt.

    Henrik Stenson
  125. Birdie

    Rose -2, Fowler level, Faldo +2 (after four)

    Ball goes in hole

    Justin Rose has plucked the wraparound sunglasses out of his bag. Not to combat the St Andrews sun though, more to stop his eyes being irritated by pesky insects and dust picked up by the wind. Any hayfever-suffering golfers will feel his pain. 

    The Englishman's opening gambit on four lands inbetween Rickie Fowler and Nick Faldo, whose tee shots are a whopping 62 yards apart. The ageing process, technological advances or both are probably the reason why...

    Rose jigs around the green after seeing a python-length putt rattle into the can, Fowler misses one half the size for his birdie, while Faldo - with his unorthodox reverse putting grip - drops a shot from shorter than the aforementioned reptile's forked tongue.

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  127. Howell in for -4

    An Englishman is in the clubhouse at four under for the day and his name is David Howell. A couple of bogeys on the back nine will anger him but on the whole, lovely stuff. His final putt for par is eight feet and it rattles around the cup, easily done.

    This links golf is supposed to be hard? There is widespread assault against this course on hand today.

  128. Birdie

    Mickelson moves to -2

    Phil Mickelson

    Par, birdie, par, birdie... Phil Mickelson drains a delicious putt from 15-20 feet. It breaks right to left and it's judged to perfection. A touch of his cap as the claps tumble his way. 

    The Open flag flutters a great deal on the pins now, conditions are becoming testing and to be comfortably in red numbers after four holes - 'Lefty' will be thrilled.

  129. Birdie

    Daly in the groove

    Now then, the 'Wild Thing' on the 10th. This man is dressed brightly and he's shining on the dance floor too, another birdie.

    John Daly of course won this competition in 1995 and at four under through 10 why not again?

    His latest putt is a snake from six feet - in you go sunshine.

  130. Langer rolls back the years

    Langer (-4 after 6)

    You don't lose it! Bernhard Langer - that mild-mannered, human embodiment of stereotyped German efficiency - sees his ball disappear down the St Andrews plughole for a fourth birdie in his opening six holes. 

    Another late 1980s/early 1990s warhorse, Sir Nick Faldo, is unable to step into a time machine like his Ryder Cup team-mate though. The Englishman slides a birdie putt wide on three, he sticks on +1.

    Bernhard Langer
  131. Birdie

    Gallacher (-3 after 5)

    Stephen Gallacher sinks another birdie putt as he moves to three under after five. Good news for anyone who had the Scot at 250/1 before the tournament started...

  132. Spieth: Everything went to plan

    Jordan Spieth (-5 after 18)

    Jordan Spieth, who is seeking to win his third major of the year, speaking to BBC Two: "I played the front nine exactly how I mapped it out. We did some good preparation but if the wind changes direction it could be a completely different course. Tomorrow it will be the same course but with the wind l will have to keep the ball lower. It will not be a birdie fest on Friday though."

    Jordan Spieth
  133. Woods (+4, 76)

    Quote Message: It has been a really difficult day for Tiger Woods. One birdie and five bogeys on a course where he used to reign supreme, but not anymore. It has not been his day and an extremely disappointing first round." from Alistair Bruce-Ball BBC Radio 5 live commentator at St Andrews
    Alistair Bruce-BallBBC Radio 5 live commentator at St Andrews
  134. Leaderboard

    D Johnson (-7, 65)

  135. Bogey

    Z Johnson (-5 after 9)

    Zach Johnson is on the charge. The American rolls in for birdie on nine to move to five under. Can the 2007 Masters champions challenge here?

  136. Johnson moved on from US Open

    Dustin Johnson (-7 after 18)

    American Dustin Johnson speaking to BBC Two: "Any time you shoot 65 it's very pleasing. I played well and conditions got tougher. When you turn around and come back into the wind it's more difficult. I got out or position a couple of times but managed to save a couple of pars and I had close looks at birdies all day. At Chambers Bay for the US Open I played well, did everything I was supposed to do, but it's tough when you hit good putts and doesn't go your way. I've moved on from that now for sure."

  137. Post update

    Rose -1, Fowler level, Faldo +1 (after 2)

    Rickie Fowler, bushy eyebrows peeking out under his dark blue baseball cap, smirks as he walks away with a second successive par. A bit more gusto on his birdie putt and he would be in the red. Justin Rose is beating that old rogue par, backing up his opening birdie with another hold on the 452-yard par-four second. Nick Faldo - playing in his last Open - wraps up a clean sweep of pars.

    Rickie Fowler
  138. More home success

    Warren (-4 after 9)

    More joy for the Scots as Marc Warren goes out in four under... It's looking good for the hosts... compatriot  Richie Ramsay is on three under.

  139. How bad do you dress?

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  140. Spieth (-5, 67)

  141. Scottish hopes

    Gallacher (-2 after 4)

    Perhaps inspired by Paul Lawrie's opening round 66, fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher starts with two birdies on the first four holes. It is bunching up at the top of the field.

  142. Ways to watch The Open

    These supporters, clearly tired of trekking around the St. Andrews course, have found a new way to watch it...beanbags and the big screen!

  143. Tiger yet to roar

    Tiger Woods (+4 after 18)

    Quote Message: Tiger Woods hung in there. He is a long way down the leaderboard but grafted away. He's battled bravely on the back nine after a poor start. from Ken Brown BBC Sport commentator
    Ken BrownBBC Sport commentator
    Tiger Woods looks dejected at St. Andrews
  144. Satisfied Spieth

    “Fortunately this morning the wind wasn’t blowing too hard and the most important part was finding the fairway which everyone in our group managed to do.

    "The game plan was to get into position after round one and that’s what we’ve done. It’s a team event and I’m surrounded by the best team in the world. I understand what is at stake and I think it's premature talking about a slam. I can start talking about that if I win this.

    “I’ve always dreamed of playing the Open here as it’s so iconic, so for my first round to go the way it has is great.”

  145. All over for Tiger

    Woods (+4 after 18)

    Tiger Woods' misery is over. Handshakes made, the obligatory raising of the cap and a rueful smile. He will be glad to be out of there. 

    He made just one birdie and five bogeys to finish on four over. His worst round on the Old Course at The Open as a pro.

    Still think you can win it Tiger?

  146. Mixed bag for big-name trio

    Rose -1, Fowler level, Faldo +1 (after 1)

    A man of Justin Rose's capability - Major winner and regular fixture inside the world's top 10 - doesn't miss tiddlers for a birdie. Does he? Nope. Routine stuff for the Englishman, who starts with a bang. Rickie Fowler comfortably walks off the first with a par, but Sir Nick Faldo already has a blob on his card. That's the definition of a mixed bag.

  147. Get Involved

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    On the range Nathan? This is a hardened approach to golfing etiquette. Shoes or bedroom slippers? Either way, they look comfortable.

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  148. Birdie

    Oosthuizen (-5 after 18)

    Louis Oosthuizen finishes in style as he rolls home from 10 feet to birdie the 18th and move to five under. 

    No birdie for Jason Day but he will be more than happy with a final-hole par to finish on six under. The pack are gathering behind leader Dustin Johnson...

  149. Get Involved


    Mr Wonderful: Some first round for Dustin Johnston. What more could you want on a day off than the golf on the TV?

    Tim Crowther: Good to see Ken Brown playing bunker shots like a 24 handicapper. Hope for us all.

    Alexander Williamson: Jimenez holing out then sliding his putter into its invisible scabbard = genius.

  150. Make his Day...

    Day (-6 after 17)

    Jason Day is quietly getting about his business but his progress could be halted on 18 as his approach is just short and rolls down the slope and off the green. Up and down needed for par for the American as his chances of taking the joint lead look gone... unless he chips in of course.