Lastly, after a 2-year wait since Shane Lowery’s epic win at Royal Portrush in 2019, simply after 6:30am native time, The Open was again!
Royal St George’s was the scene and the world’s greatest had been chomping on the bit to get again into motion at arguably probably the most prestigious occasion in golf.
The oldest main championship within the sport.
Probably the most historic.
Probably the most distinctive, owing to the truth that it’s performed completely on the world’s greatest hyperlinks programs situated within the British Isles.
Ummm…you’re not going to get a lot of a nicer day on the hyperlinks at Royal St George’s. The wind was comparatively calm. The solar was shining. The course was in immaculate situation. Subsequently, the scoring was wholesome.
Main the way in which is a well-recognized face within the early levels of main championships and likewise a former Open Champion, Louis Oosthuizen. He’s already polished off one main on the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews. Will he bag one other…we’re going to go together with the maths and say no. Sorry Louis.
The leaderboard early on earlier than Oosthuizen’s birdie on 16 to assert the outright lead.
How about our Chief Vacation Officer Lee Westwood? Urrgghhh…+1. Not superb. However going by the outdated adage that “you may’t win a match on day one, however you may lose one”, we’ll maintain our fingers optimistically crossed for Westy to pop his main cherry.
Rory? Meh…one other not so disastrous however defo not so good begin. Rory’s opening spherical in each main he has gained has seen him on the high, or inside a whisker of the highest of the pile. He’s not out of it, however his opening spherical was usually (in reference to current seasons since his final main win) not all that.
DJ isn’t far off. He’s beneath par and has earlier at Royal St George’s…not the most effective form of earlier although. He “did a DJ” in 2011, hitting a 4 iron out of bounds for no actual cause in any way when firmly in competition in opposition to Darren Clarke coming down the stretch. Having stated that, it’s truthful to say he’s a unique participant as of late having obtained that monkey off his again on the 2016 US Open, and subsequently beasting it on the 2020 Masters. A rating within the 60s in Spherical 2 and he’s proper there heading into the weekend.
Justin Thomas could be one of many shock Friday night departures after Spherical 1, however his bestie , the resurgent Jordan Spieth had a banger, firing in a -5 65. He’s clearly obtained main championship pedigree and is wanting far more just like the man who obtained that standing a couple of years again. Open no. 2 for the Texan? We wouldn’t wager in opposition to him.
We might go on and on in regards to the large names within the operating after Spherical 1 of The 2021 Open Championship, however we’ll go away it right here: Isn’t it simply so bloody good to have golf’s grandest occasion again on the TV, and even again on the course for those who had been fortunate sufficient to attend Spherical 1 at Royal St Georges?
We loved welcoming all the YGT shoppers who made the journey to Sandwich at present, and stay up for seeing extra of you tomorrow.
Right here’s to the Claret Jug. Right here’s to crowds being again. Right here’s to golf. Right here’s to any bloody excuse going to plonk your self in entrance of the TV for 12+ hours of stay motion from The Open.
Who’s up for some hyperlinks golf?!