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Ivor Robson stands in his starter's hut as Craig Parry hits the first ball of the Open

Ivor Robson, the official starter at the Open since 1975, gets proceedings under way at 0630 sharp as Craig Parry tees off

Padraig Harrington warms up on the driving range before his first round

Defending champion Padraig Harrington, struggling with a wrist injury, warms up on the range before confirming he will start his first round

Retief Goosen looks out from behind his umbrella during the first round

Conditions are hardly ideal early on as former US Open champion Retief Goosen lines up his tee shot on the second

Tom Watson and Justin Rose on the first hole

Five-times Open champion Tom Watson and one of Britain's best hopes, Justin Rose, are among the early starters

Sandy Lyle

The poor conditions claim an early casualty as, after two double bogeys and a triple bogey, Sandy Lyle quits after 10 holes

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood is appropriately dressed and his mixed day is given a boost when he chips in from the edge of the sixth green

A marshall holds a broken umbrella

It is not just the players who are struggling, the weather playing havoc with this marshall's umbrella

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and American Boo Weekley

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and American Boo Weekley find something to smile about on the fourth tee

Justin Rose

A double bogey on the sixth threatens to derail Justin Rose's challenge but the world number nine is still in the hunt

David Duval

The form of David Duval has dipped dramatically since his 2001 Open win, but the American makes a great start to his Birkdale challenge

Ian Poulter

England's Ian Poulter looks in great form in his relatively understated golf attire

KJ Choi

Korean KJ Choi is having a good day in the north west of England even if his caddie is not

Fan at Royal Birkdale

One hardy fan finds a way to keep himself content during the first round at Birkdale

Padraig Harrington

Padraig Harrington shakes off his wrist injury to finish his first round with a respectable score of 74

Greg Norman

Two-time winner Greg Norman shows form of old on his way to a round of 70

Greg Norman and Chris Evert

And Norman is joined by wife Chris Evert who bravely supported her husband through the wet conditions

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell also produces a great round, 69, to fly the flag for the Britons

Sergio Garcia smiles during his round of 72

Pre-tournament favourite Sergio Garcia finds time to smile during his round of 72, which sees him three shots off the lead

Anthony Wall plays a shot to the 11th during his first round of 71

Anthony Wall, in one of the last groups on the course, shot a round of 71 to finish two off the lead

see also
Best of British at the Open
16 Jul 08 |  Golf
Filling Tiger's shoes
15 Jul 08 |  Golf
Rose's Birkdale return
15 Jul 08 |  Golf
Battle royal at Birkdale
11 Jul 08 |  Golf

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