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Sergio Garcia
Garcia was two under at the turn
-6 S Garcia
-4 P McGinley
-3 M Campbell, M Brier, A Cabrera, R McIlroy, B Weekley
-2 KJ Choi, T Woods, S Cink, P Harrington, MA Jimenez
-1 12 players

Spain's Sergio Garcia leads the Open Championship at Carnoustie on six under par after a first-round 65.

Garcia is two shots ahead of Ireland's Paul McGinley, while Northern Ireland amateur Rory McIlroy, 18, is in a group of five players on three under.

Michael Campbell, Markus Brier, Boo Weekley and US Open champion Angel Cabrera are the others.

Defending champion Tiger Woods is one shot back in a group that includes Ireland's Padraig Harrington.


By Ben Dirs


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1929: Well done lad! Garcia keeps his nerve and trickles in a six-footer for par at the last. The Spaniard will take a two-stroke lead into day two and he's played like a dream. Chad Campbell pops in his putt for a round of 74 while Edfors is in for a 72. Only a couple of groups still out on the course, but we're going to wrap this up for the evening. Garcia's day, Sam Lyon will be with you bright and early tomorrow.

1925: A big hand for Sergio as he makes his way to the green - what a lovely story that would be were Garcia to win the Open a few day's after Seve's retirement. More shots like that and he just might - delightful escape from the bunker, Fairy Liquid hands.

1920: McDowell of Northern Ireland signs for a 77. Five bogeys and a double bogey for McDowell. Garcia fats his approach at 18 and finds a greenside bunker. Hold it together Sergio.

1916: Garcia puts manners on his ball off the 18th tee - long, and in position A. Edfors sends his tee shot fizzing past Garcia's. Garcia and Edfors having a bit of a natter on the 18th fairway like they're playing a round of Texas scramble on a Sunday afternoon rather than dueling in a major championship. Weekley, with that no-fuss swing of his, clips what looks like a decent tee shot a the 16th but the balls rolls off the side.

1909: Garcia is red hot at the moment and he's not leaving many shots out on the course - another birdie at 17 and he's two strokes clear. Weekley, I've just been told, once had a punch-up with an orangutan. Bit weird that.

1905: Another rip-roaring approach from Garcia at 17 and he'll have a chance to go two clear. Taniguchi taps in for a 72, Boo Weekley sinks a lengthy putt on 15 to move to three under.

1901: The tremendously-named Boo Weekley has moved to two under after a birdie at the 14th. He looks like he's got more tattoos than that fella on Prison Break - but it turns out it is just some strange golfing undergarment.

1856: On BBC One Gary Lineker is just interviewing Argentina's Angel Cabrera in Spanish. I can exclusively reveal that links is the same in Spanish as it is English - just with a funny lisp.

1850: Garcia finds the sand at the long, long par-three 16th. He splashes out to about 15ft but can't hole the putt and that's a first dropped shot for our leader.

1844: Garcia's run of three straight birdies comes to an end at the 15th, but he won't be too bothered about that. Three more pars at the Open's hardest finish and he'll be a happy little fella in the clubhouse.

1839: Miguel Angel Jimenez gets some love after he taps in for a steady 69, but it is nothing compared to the applause for young Rory McIlroy after he picks up a four at the last for a 68. He is the only player to get round without dropping a shot. Have we just seen the arrival of the new Tiger Woods?

1834: Phil from Bristol (see below) - The swing guru is actually Andrew Nicholson from the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, but judging by the accent he obviously hails from a similar neck of the woods.

How did you get Steve Cram to comment on the swing master?
Phil, Bristol via text

1829: Singh's finishing on a low. After bogeying the 16th to go back to one under he's just plopped into the drink at 17.

1820: Eagle putt for Garcia at 14, and he very nearly rattles it in, but the ball just slides right at the last moment. Jimenez stays at two under with a par putt at 17. Jimenez has got a funny old putting grip, both his hands are level with each other. On that evidence, it works. This McIlroy's got plenty of trousers - he lashes his drive straight down the middle on 18. Edfors gets back to even par with a birdie at 14 and Garcia is razzle-dazzling down the back nine, sending home a six-footer to move two strokes clear.

1813: Harrington very nearly pitches in at the 18th and drains the par putt. That's a round of 69 for the Irishman who's nestled comfortably at the top of the leaderboard. Toms bogeys 15 and 18 and finishes with a round of 71.

1807: A roar rumbles around Carnoustie as Westwood unfurls the shot of the day, holing his approach on the 15th from fully 150 yards. Up go the arms and there's that toothy grin. One day, Dirsy, one day...

1800:Cabrera pars the last and signs for a round of 68. The US Open champion looks in Rolls Royce form.

1755: Donald bogeys the last and signs for a one-under 70. The Englishman is three off the lead and has a chance to put his dismal record in this tournament behind him. That's the lead for Garcia, as he holes a birdie at 13. He won't need any hugs from mummy after this round.

"Watching Jim Furyk's swing on an 81'' plasma is frightening, he looks like a full-size axe murderer!"
Ross, London, in the TMS inbox

1748: Lord above, Edfors is a handsome swine. He's also level par, courtesy of a long old par putt at 11. Garcia claims a share of the lead, rolling in a 25-footer for a birdie at 12. I'm told Rory McIlroy recently went round Royal Porthcawl in Glamorgan, one of Wales' finest courses, in 61. That's not just bringing a course to its knees, that's grabbing it by the back of the neck and sticking its head down the carsy. Magical tee shot from Garcia at 13, he has a birdie putt to claim the overall lead.

"Hundreds of you email in over the course of an Open Championship to ask about the whereabouts of Alex Hay, a former member of the BBC golf team. He has just popped into the studio to say hello. He's fine and is enjoying his retirement so there you go."
BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

"Women are like parking spaces. Sometimes, all the good ones are taken, so when no one's looking, you have to stick it into..." Jon, Essex, via text Whoa! Whoa! Jonny Boy, this is a high-class text commentary page, not some two-bit nipple-peep show on the sea front at Margate. Keep it clean from now on big man.

1736: McIlroy muffs a shortish putt at 14 but slots home the par putt. Young Rory has a touch of the Osmonds about him, not sure which one. Daly finishes with a 74 - he had the locals wetting their knickers at one stage, but, as often happens, the wheels fell off towards the end.

"Dear Mr Player, please tell me where I can buy drugs that help me hit straight drives and sink 30ft putts - because I want to buy some!"
DC via text

1730: Garcia misses with a birdie putt at the 11th - a 10-footer, and they're the sort of putts he needs to be sinking if he's going to have a chance of winning this. Rory McIlroy is on fire - the fresh-faced Ulsterboy sending his approach at the 15th to within six feet of the pin. A putt for a share of the lead. Vijay Singh eagles 14 to move to two under - monster, monster putt.

1728: Els putts from off the green at 18 and almost finds the hole - but the ball curves away at the last second and Els is left with a brute coming back. The South African misses the par putt and that's two fives to finish and a round of 72.

1724: Cabrera bends a birdie putt just short of the hole at 16 - that would have given him a share of the lead. Garcia is rocking and rolling, and that's another dreamy approach at 11 to within six feet. I'm going to get myself straight on William Hill for a wee flutter...

1720: Stenson hits an epic approach to the 14th green - he'll have a putt for eagle. Irish amateur Rory McIlroy has a putt for a share of the lead at 14, but blocks it just right.

1716: Peach of an approach from Harrington at 15 and he's got a chance of his second consecutive birdie which would set him up very nicely for the tough final stretch. Long John Daly taps in for par at the 17th. Harrington pushes his birdie putt right of the hole at the 15th.

England down
1710: Els pings one down the middle of the 18th fairway - he's absolutely murdered that one. Garcia drains a long putt at 10 and he's now three under and looking chipper - if he can get that belly putter going this week, he'll be in the mix come Sunday. Donald just leaves a par putt right at 16 and he slips back to two under.

1704: I forgot to mention former champion Sandy Lyle who's in with a very respectable 73. Els splashes out from a greenside bunker and he should make par at 17. Toms' putter is warming up and he moves to two under with a birdie at 14, as does playing partner Harrington. Cabrera moves to within one of the lead with a lengthy putt at 15. Looking to the manor born is Angel, is loafing about Carnoustie as if he owns the place.

1658:Westwood takes his frustrations out on his ball on the 11th tee, booming a drive to within 50 feet of the green. Mickelson's in a nasty spot, however, and there are concerns for Els, who seems to have developed a block slice. That's peche de la peche from the 18-year-old McIlroy, sticking his tee shot at 13 to within six feet and nailing the birdie putt. The Northern Irishman is three under, and a shot off the lead.

"Perhaps the BBC mole would prefer deep-fried worms? Probably considered a delicacy round Carnoustie way compared to some of the meals I've eaten there!"
Duncan in the TMS inbox

1653: Cabrera birdies the par-five 14th to move to two under. Magnificent recovery from Westwood at 10 but he misses his par putt to slip back to plus one. He still looks like he's sulking after some trapalot in the fairway gallery was talking all the way through his backswing. Collect your thoughts Lee Boy...McGinley regains the outright lead as Sato makes his first bogey at the par-three 8th.

1647: Westwood shanks his approach at the 10th and immediately reels away and gives someone in the gallery a piece of his mind - "stop yakking away", spits the Worksop golfer. A bit of confusion as to whether Daly got a seven or an eight at 14, but I fancy it was an eight. Another bogey at 15 and Long John's gone from Nicklaus to Tarbuck in the space of five holes.

1641: Garcia lets a longish putt at 8 slip just by but rattles in for par to remain two under. Sergio is looking more solid with the finisher in his hands today, little of the old twitching and fiddling when he's standing over his putts.

1633: Els birdies 15 to remain one under and Sato is making Car-Nasty look more like Car-Lovely as he moves to four under with another birdie at six. That gives him a share of the lead. Harrington's into the red, sending home a lengthy putt at 13. Out comes that toothy grin and I get a feeling we might see plenty more of that over the weekend. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is putting together a handy round - birdies at 5 and 10 and he's two under after 11.

"I am not Swedish, but you have singularly failed to mention in your text the progress of Peter Hanson, who is three under."
David via text

1628: Jacklin has triple-bogeyed the par-four fifth to slip back to one over and Daly is blowing up, making his second double-bogey in three holes at the 14th to tumble to one under. Broadhurst goes all Essex cab driver on us and clatters his approach at the 18th into the stand beside the green. Horrible, but he recovers well, drifting a wedge over the burn to within six feet.

BBC Sport mole
"Someone via text has called me a numpty for having a deep-fried pizza. Look, I've been in Scotland for over a week now and have exhausted all possible food stuff from takeaways/pubs: curry, Chinese, burgers, pies, chips, the works. I was hungry, desperate and smarting from taking a hiding at pool from a local Goth in one of Carnoustie's splendid hostelries. I know it wasn't big or clever and I still feel squiffy as a result."

BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

1621: Garcia is in the groove - he marmalises a drive down the middle of the sixth fairway, sticks a five iron to within 30 feet and two putts for a birdie. The Spaniard two under. Daly is struggling to hold his round together and he finds a fairway bunker at 14. Mickelson misses his first fairway at the 9th, hooking his drive 40 yards right of his target. The American strides after his ball with that familiar, wide-eyed expression of his, like a seven-year-old on an Easter egg hunt.

England up
1615: Glover just lets a lengthy birdie putt slide past the hole at 14 but Donald makes no mistake at 13, rolling in a 20-footer to move to two under par. Els has fashioned a birdie at 14 and the South African is one under. Looks like a smashing day up in 'Noustie, if a bit nippy - most of them have got a pully on.

1612: Lip-smacking pitch from Els at 14 and he's got a six-footer for birdie. Sato's on a charge - that's par, par, birdie, birdie, birdie for the Japanese.

1607: Daly plops the ball out of the sand at 13 and he's given himself a decent chance of par. Els has found a fairway bunker at the par-five 14th but he pulls out a four iron and gets plenty of distance with it. Westwood holes a six-footer at seven to remain level par and Daly rolls in a lengthy putt to save par at 13. Spunky from the big man.

1600: Gossamer touch form Garcia at the fifth, nudging a wedge to within four feet of the pin. Daly in more bother, finding the bunker to the left of the par-three 13th green.

"I read Daly's book recently, its a quality read. He'd have won more majors than Tiger if he'd kept off the sauce!"
Th'ivor via text

1556: Glover double-bogeys 12 to slip back to one under and Daly's also had a shocker at the 12th, missing a three-footer to slip back to three under. Daly eyes the hole as if it's just vomited on his shoes on the tube.

"Re deep-fried pizza - if you must buy this the best thing to do is wring it out before attempting to eat. Deep-fried steak and kidney pie is nice though."
Niall via text

1548: World number three Jim Furyk sinks a long putt at the ninth for birdie and he's out in 34. Achi Sato of Japan is off to a flyer, he's two under after four. And there's Tony Jacklin on the leaderboard! One under after three. Open winner in '69, Jacklin, but he's still got some stardust in those sticks of his.

1545: Good recovery from Els at 11, making a 15-footer disappear to make par. Ernie level par.

"I've just been chatting to Paul McGinley's dad Michael, who told me he is a better golfer than his son and taught him all he knows. 'It's fantastic to see him up there,' said McGinley Snr. 'He's had a lean year but he's coming back to form. He'll handle it no problem. He's very tough. He played a lot of links growing up and he really likes Carnoustie'."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Carnoustie

1538: Els is a bit wild so far today and he pushes his approach at the 11th to the front right. Not clever with a five iron, but he's just shy of a bush and out of trouble. Cabrera, who plays golf with all the enthusiasm of a man being dragged round Bluewater by his Doris, makes par at 10 to stay at two under.

1534: All hail Long John Daly! Wild Thing has the lead, pitching in from 50 feet at the 11th for an eagle. The Scottish galleries love the two-time major winner, and he'll be filling his boots in the deep-fried pizza emporiums of Carnoustie should he be leading after day one.

BBC Sport mole
"This isn't technically golf-related, but I feel I need to share it with a wider audience. Last night I ended up in a Carnoustie fish and chip shop and was staggered/appalled/intrigued to spot 'deep fried pizza' on the menu. Being an intrepid sort I handed 1.90 (and a couple of years of my life expectancy) over to the girl behind the counter and said a quiet prayer. No idea what type of pizza it was but quickly realised it made no odds what lay underneath the batter. I managed four bites before doing a sick burp in my mouth. Yuck."
BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

1528:Yes, RD (see below), I do know some other verbs - nitpick, cavil and quibble among them.

"There seem to be a lot of players 'draining' putts, do you know any other verbs?"
RD, Belfast, via text

1524: Sergio pars the third but Els drops back to one over with a bogey at 11. Beem of America finishes with a round of 70 blows while Brier of Austria finishes with a 68. That makes him joint second with Michael Campbell in the clubhouse. Havret, winner of the Scottish Open last week, cards a 72.

1517: Lovely touch from Els at the 11th, plopping a wedge to within a few feet of the pin. Daly dredges up another birdie at 10 and he's now three under. Daly once confessed to an addiction to Coke, of course. He's not quite over it yet, it's all Rola Cola in the Daly household nowadays. Tiger's back out on the practice range. Give it a rest, Woodsy, go and have a go on the fruit machine or something.

1513: JJ Henry finishes with a round of 70. Vijay gets his putter caught up in his skirt at the fifth, coming up six feet short. McGinley of Ireland sinks a four-footer at the last and that's a round of 67 and the clubhouse lead. Ken Brown's assessment: "He could have gravel for lunch and it would taste great." Lovely stuff.

1508: I played golf last week with a mate's little brother who plays about once a year. He went round in 84, I went round in about 95. I'm thinking about never playing again. McGinley strides onto the 18th green wearing what look like oven gloves. Crackerjack escape from the greenside bunker and he's got a putt for par and a round of 67.

1505: Els makes a meal of the 10th and drops back to even par. Karlsson of Sweden also bogeys and he too drops back to even par.

1502: Daly drains a 20-footer on the ninth to make par and he's out in 34. Mickelson's had a shocker at the third, missing a tiddler for par. Westwood also bogeys the third to drop back to level par. Worksop's finest found sand with his approach.

1458: Ernie Els has found some rough to the left of the 10th fairway and his second stroke just clears a cheeky little burn. Big wedge of luck for the South African. Vijay Singh very nearly sticks his approach in at the fourth - he's got a six-footer to move to two under.

"Jimenez is called The Mechanic because of his love of the dance routine in Billy Joel's 80's classic Uptown Girl."
Steve, Risebridge, in the TMS inbox

1455: A colleague has just walked 30 feet or so across the office to inform me that eight of the top 11 players have surnames of five letters or less. Hasn't he got work to do? Nope, he's on the BBC gravy train...

1453: McGinley is putting like a dream today, but he just misses to the left on 17 but makes par. Garcia, ramming my recent words down my throat, pulls out the belly putter at the first and makes a 10-foot birdie. There wouldn't be a more popular winner of this event than the Spaniard.

BBC Sport mole
"Montgomerie has snubbed all media requests after his two-over-par round and has stomped his way over to the putting green. Such an angry young man. Woe betide anyone who asks him for an autograph."
BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

"Nick Faldo was heard to lapse into a Catherine Tate routine after his 79. 'Am I bovvered? Do I look bovvered?' he said. To which son, and caddie, Matthew said, 'Well, you should be'. 'What do want me to do? Practice?' replied Faldo senior."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Carnoustie

1446: Jimenez of Spain sinks a 15-footer at four to move into the red. Affectionately known as The Mechanic, is Jimenez, although I have absolutely no idea why.

1441: Garcia's on the first and he clips an iron down the middle of the fairway. Oh, Garcia, how I thought you were going to be Son of Seve at the start of your career. David Niven once said of his old pal Errol Flynn, "you can count on Errol, he'll always let you down". The same can be said of Sergio's putting...

1439: McGinley pulls out a three iron at 17 and punches one down the middle. Cink pars the last and that's a very useful round of 69 for the American.

1435: Lucas Glover birdies seven to move to three under and two shots off the lead. McGinley drains a longish bogey putt at 16 - ballsy - but his lead is now one.

1430: Long John Daly very nearly drains an eagle putt at six but knocks in the birdie putt to move to two under. The consensus in the office is that Daly is a "breath of fresh air" in golf, when he's not growling away on a Lambert and Butler, that is. He came out in support of US Open champion Angel Cabrera earlier this week - both share a love of tabs and tucker, and that's my kind of sportsman.

1427: Funnily enough, Tiger thinks it was "a lot of fun" playing Carnoustie today - does he have the whitest teeth in the world? I bet he doesn't plough through 20 Marlboro Lights a day. McGinley drops a stroke at 14 to drop back to five under and Poulter drains a long old bogey putt at 18 to finish on two over. Poulter, in green tartan strides, may look like the offspring of Ronnie Corbett and Limahl, but he wields a red-hot putter at times.

"Sheila, do you fancy going to the pictures tomorrow?"
Peter Alliss, via text

1414: Faldo has just matched his worst ever Open round, the three-time champion, who turned 50 yesterday, carding an eight-over 79. Els has absolutely marmalised his drive at the seventh, frightening...

1410: US Open champion Cabrera takes a break from the tabs for long enough to drain a 15-footer at the 4th and move to one under. Lovely touch from the big Argentine.

1406: Monster putt from Lawrie and that's the first birdie at the intimidating 18th today. A 73 for the Scotsman. Woods just misses to the left but that's a par and a solid round of 69 - the big man's bang in the mix. Rose, who stuck his drive into the Barry Burn, drags his bogey putt left and finishes with a four-over 75. Shame that for Justin, just letting things slip at the death.

1401: Woods drills a three iron to within 15 feet on the 18th green - I gave my thigh a little slap on seeing that. Cink drops a shot at 16 to slip back to two under, but McGinley's still rocking and rolling - he makes a 15-footer disappear at 14 to move to six under and three shots clear of the field.

"McGinley has as much chance of winning this as I do of getting a date at the pictures with Peter Allis."
Sheila, Glasgow, via text

1359: Austria's Brier drains a long putt on the 13th to move to three under while Donald is on a mini-charge, sinking a 20-footer on the fourth to move to two under.

1356: Donald birdies the third to move to one under. Woods gives it some hammer on the 18th tee and finds the first cut on the left-hand side of the fairway - that's only the fourth time he's pulled out the driver today. Paul Lawrie sticks his straight down the middle, but Rose has had a shocker, leaking his drive right and ending up in the Barry Burn. Start rolling up those trousers Justin...

1349: Dreamy bunker shot from Rose to within six feet at the 17th. Woods misses his birdie putt but taps in for a par. Rose, alas, drops back to two over having pushed his putt to the right. Bit nervy that.

"Everything was a battle this morning. The weather was bad first thing and the last few holes are very difficult. I was just trying to make pars in the closing holes and I succeeded in doing that without making that many good shots. This is one of the best golf courses in the world and the R&A have done a fantastic job with setting it up. It is a joy to play."
Thomas Bjorn after shooting 70

1346: McGinley is filling his boots as he moves to five under with a birdie at 13. That takes the Irishman two clear.

1343: Tiger plays a tremendous long iron into the 17th green, but Rose leaks one and ends up in a little pot bunker front right. Paul Lawrie finds the middle of the green with his approach.

"Ben, do you wear make-up on the rugby feild, you tart? Do you want to play (touch) rugby? Oh shepherd, we luv u..."
Anon via text

By Sam Lyon

1337: A fantastic four from McGinley on 12, and the Irishman has yet to drop a shot in a blemish-free round so far. Rose holes out from seven feet to par the 16th and a little punch suggests the Englishman enjoyed that one. And that's it from me as, quite frankly, I'm hank marvin and hit the wall about three hours ago. The one and only Ben Dirs will take you home, have a good one folks...

1330: All eyes are on Paul McGinley as he putts from off the green and gets to within a few feet to give himself a chance of saving par - nice work from the diminutive Irishman. But it's even better from Woods, who sends the crowd into raptures with a stunning putt from all of 30 feet to land the first birdie of the day on 16.

1322: Stewart Cink putts well on the 13th to birdie and move to three-under - with the par five 14th to come - and he looks in good shape to make a move on leader McGinley. Rose, however, bogeys at the 15th to slip to one over and his round is limping home at the moment. Woods pars to stay one under, while Paul Lawrie follows his bogey at the 14th with a par to stay two over.

1319: Close from McGinley, who drifts a 15-footer just wide of the hole at 11 to miss out on a birdie. Justin Rose gives himself a chance of saving par on 15 after having to lay up out of the fairway bunker, firing an iron to within 10 feet of the flag, while Ernie Els drops back to par after three-putting the third. American Lucas Glover, meanwhile, goes agonisingly close to birdieing the first three holes when his putt lips in and out.

BBC Sport mole

"I've just asked the great Peter Alliss a host of questions that you, the public, emailed in for him earlier in the week. Give me a while to type them up, but I'm offering you this teaser as a way of guaranteeing you will be back to read more later. Terry Wogan is Godfather to one of his sons. Bombshell."
BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

1309: Right, let's have a quick recap of some of the early starters. England's Oliver Wilson led right at the very start with two birdies in his opening three holes but finished on nine over after two double bogeys and seven bogeys. Ouch. American Chris DiMarco was also in the mix at one point on two under but had five bogeys coming home to end up on three over, while Graeme Storm had a triple-bogey at the last for a seven-over 78. It aint easy out there folks.

"Glad to see Andersson Hed is doing well - at the BMW Wentworth I ran up to him and called him Robert Karlsson. He didn't mind though - he gave me his ball!"
Will via text

England up

1305: Paul Broadhurst is the leading Englishman at the moment, two under through five, thanks to a 12-foot putt on the fifth. Douglas McGuigan is the leading Scot on par through six, the same score as Welshman Bradley Dredge through one, while Darren Clarke leads the Northern Irish charge following his round of 72.

1301: Michael Campbell is the new clubhouse leader as he holes out with a par on the last to stay three under - fine effort that from the Kiwi, who sank six birdies. On the 10th, McGinley continues his fabulous form with the putter to save par with a 10-footer.

"It's the same but completely different."
Rod Pampling describes the course as compared to that of 1999

1259: Luke Donald gets his round under way with an ideal drive off the first with a fairway bunker and a few hardy souls are out there to cheer him on. Elsewhere, Darren Clarke, dressed all in pink as if he's left a red sock in with his whites, sees out his round with a par to finish one over.

1256: More expletives from Woods as his second on 14 goes way right and only narrowly avoids the greenside bunker. Justin Rose finds the green with a lovely approach, though. Goosen, looking for a solid end to his round following his recent mishaps, drives beautifully down the middle of the fairway on 18, but with only four of 24 players hitting par on the last it might more tricky than it looks.

"Relieved to have escaped from the media circus following Tiger Woods. Don't get me wrong, it's a privilege to walk inside the ropes. But it's frankly a touch embarrassing when all you can hear are mutterings from the crowd about how many of us there are. And you can't blame them. There are. Hundreds."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Carnoustie

1247: Fabulous start for Ernie Els, birdieing the first despite finding the sand with his second shot. No matter for the South African, though, the Big Easy chipping onto the green and rolling it in off the flag. Bootiful.

1245: And it's bogey-bogey for the Tiger following a poor bunker shot on 13 and he slips to one under.

Sam Torrance

"You don't see that very often at all, get your diaries out folks. He's just looking a little unsettled at the moment, Woods."
BBC Sport pundit Sam Torrance

1241: Colin Montgomerie is once again let down by his putter as he leaves one wide on the right on 11 to stay one over. A shame for the Scot that as he had hit the green with a fabulous wedge from the rough stuff. Michael Campbell birdies the penultimate hole with a tickler to go three under, but Fredrik Andersson Hed misses the chance to go joint top as he lips one in and then out at six.

1237: Goosen's round is in danger of falling apart, all of a sudden, as he compounds the double bogey of 15 with a bogey on 16 and he slips to one under. Elsewhere, Goosen's compatriot Ernie Els lines up at the first as he looks to kick off his bid in style.

"I feel I've served my apprenticeship now and I'm due a win I reckon. I feel good at Carnoustie having done well here in the past, and what a week this would be to sneak a title."
England's Nick Dougherty chatting to the BBC from the practice green

1234: Tiger Woods pays the price for a desperate chip on 12 and a bogey sees him drift to two under. Leader Paul McGinley sends one through the green on the par four ninth, but should two-putt for par. Meanwhile, Rich Beem is the latest on the move at Carnoustie, sinking four birdies in five holes to move to three-under and second spot alongside Andersson.

1231: Choi kicks himself as he finds the bunker on the last and then two-putts for a bogey. He goes into the clubhouse two under with a 69, though, and, as Peter Alliss says, not many will do better than that today. Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden, meanwhile, sinks the third eagle of the day, putting brilliantly from range on the sixth.

"Is Thomas Bjorn colour blind? Judging by his clothing combinations he should be tested!"
Richard Lambert via text

1224: Goosen compounds his error on the approach with a wide putt as he three-putts for a double bogey to slip back to two under, and McGinley ensures he tops the leaderboard by a shot with a decent putt from a tricky length on eight to stay four under.

1219: Goosen opts to putt from wide of the green and it's a fabulous effort, dropping it a few feet short of the hole. It'll be a bogey at best, though, for the South African and Paul McGinley will lead the Open soon enough.

1217: McGinley is here for business this week and he sinks a six-footer at seven to go four-under and take a share of the lead. And it might just be his outright soon as Goosen sends his approach on the 15th way wide to the left of the green. Woods and Rose both two-putt on 11 for a par and bogey respectively.

"The R&A official who has just allowed Woods a free drop needs to be sacked. Cables are rarely fixed at any golf tournament and they are certainly not at the Open."
TibbsCronkey on 606

1209: As the debate continues in the BBC commentary box over the legitimacy of Woods's drop on 10, the American looks disgusted with himself as his approach on 11 drops short. Justin Rose's effort is much better as it goes to within a few feet.

"I'm feeling good on my swing, and the weather doesn't look to unfavourable so there should be plenty of birdie opportunities out there. I want to give myself a chance come Sunday and will be looking to make a fast start."
Luke Donald chats to the BBC from the practice range

1204: Jubbly recovery from Goosen in the end, who almost drops in his birdie chance from range before sealing the par with a simple putt to keep him out in front. Paul McGinley continues to motor over on seven, sending his approach to within a few feet of the hole.

1201: The 'oohs' ring out at Carnoustie as a lengthy Justin Rose birdie putt goes agonisingly by the 10th, but Tiger Woods makes no mistake with his putt for a par. Brilliant effort on 14 from Goosen, who escapes the sand close in to the bunker wall with a splendid wedge that falls 12-15 feet short of the hole.

1156: Michael Campbell sinks his second consecutive birdie to go three under and a share of second at 14, while Woods plays to within a few feet of the 10th with a delicate chip. However, Retief Goosen makes a rare old error, finding the greenside bunker on 14.

1150: Having taken a drop off the television cables in the rough on the left of the fairway on 10, Woods takes a six iron and recovers well to drop just a few feet from the green. Over on eight, Colin Montgomerie misses a birdie chance with another error on a short putt and he remains at one over. Meanwhile, KJ Choi drops a shot at 15 to hand Goosen the outright lead.

Peter Alliss

"Apparently KJ Choi's real name is Kyoung-Ju. KJ will do for me I reckon. As would JK Rowling for that matter - lovely stuff."
BBC Sport's Peter Alliss

1142: Retief Goosen is on the move, sinking a five-footer at 13 to take a share of the lead. Woods also shakes off his bogey on eight to hole a birdie at nine and go three-under following a brilliant drive off the tee.

England up

1138: David Howell, who has fought back from four over magnificently, drills a splendid approach onto the green on 15 to give himself an outside chance of a birdie and a chance to move under par for the first time. Meanwhile, Justin Rose sinks a gorgeous putt on the ninth to go two under and move him alongside playing partner Woods.

1131: KJ Choi drifts a five-footer agonisingly wide on 14 and misses the opportunity to extend his lead. Retief Goosen, meanwhile, joins Paul McGinley and Scott Verplank on three under with a tricky putt on 12.

Peter Alliss

"The last four or five holes here are very testing and KJ will view that as a missed opportunity, I'm sure. Still, he's in very good shape so we shall see."
BBC Sport's Peter Alliss

1127: Woods is human after all ladies and gentlemen, the American leaving a tricky putt short on eight to deny him par and he slips back to two under. Justin Rose holes out with a par to stay one under. Raphael Jacquelin, we've not mentioned him yet today have we, drills a stunning tee shot to leave him two foot short of the hole on 13 and that looks a certain birdie for the Frenchman, which would take him join third on two under.

1123: Huge slice of luck for leader KJ Choi, who snaps his approach way left, rocking off the grandstand and back into bounds on the 14th. Trevor Immelman moves to two under with a fabulous long putt on nine, while Colin Montgomerie - whose bogey on three remains his only blemish - pars six to stay one over.

1118: Thomas Bjorn's topsy-turvy round continues, the Dane sinking a birdie on 11 to go one-under and making it four birdies and three bogeys in his round so far. On the fifth, Paul McGinley drives beautifully down the middle to leave him a good approach, while Michael Campbell falls further behind the leaders with a bogey on 12. Darren Clarke, resplendent in pink (real men don't fear pink), pars 12 with a five-footer as the Ulsterman continues to rebuild his round.

1111: With the BBC commentary team positively dribbling at his class, Woods leaves himself a seven-footer with another splendid approach at the seventh. He overdoes the break on the putt, though, and it lips out yet again - at least the third time today that has happened to the world number one.

1108: For anyone thinking Woods will stride on now, leading from the front, sit back - KJ Choi goes back to the top of the leaderboard on the 13th after a fabulous tee shot left him just four foot from the hole. Meanwhile, Ian Poulter birdies six to go one under.

BBC Sport mole
"Everyone's perked up a bit, the crowds are flooding in and the rain is long gone (sort of). Despite the change in conditions the ice cream van on the other side of the fairway is still unsurprisingly without customers. To be honest it looks a bit ridiculous. Who is going to buy an ice cream in these conditions? John Daly perhaps?"
BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

1104: Paul Casey ends his front nine with a birdie to move to one under, while Ulsterman Darren Clarke finally gets a putt to go down as he claws a shot back to go two over. And over on the fourth, Paul McGinley sinks a tremendous eight-footer to go joint top thanks to three birdies in his first four holes.

1101: Over on 12 and KJ Choi sinks a tricky downhill four-footer for par to keep him alongside Woods at the top of the leaderboard. Rod Pampling fires a birdie two on 13 to hand him a share of second spot on two under.

England up

1057: Lovely stuff from Woods, who sinks his eagle putt to move to three under and a tie of the lead. Rose also makes the most of his birdie opportunity and he moves back to one under and a share of sixth spot.

1052: "Dreamy" is Ken Brown's description of Tiger Woods's approach on the sixth as the American finds the green, around eight foot from the hole for an eagle chance. Justin Rose clips his third shot within six feet of the hole to give him a birdie opportunity. On the 10th, Retief Goosen has stripped down to shirt-sleeves - an indication that the weather is warming up.

1047: Another long putt goes millimetres wide from Darren Clarke as he strives to get back in the mix, while Chris DiMarco's effort also goes past, leaving him two under. Over on the 10th and Michael Campbell misses a 10-footer for a bogey, having played out of the greenside bunker, to hand KJ Choi the outright lead once more.

Maureen Madill

"Darren Clarke is desperately trying to claw back some shots here. He's struck a few glorious long putts that have just refused to go down and the luck has not been with him."
BBC Sport pundit Maureen Madill

1041: Right, a little catch up to see how some of the other big names are doing on this miserable morning. South African Retief Goosen was one under after two but has carded three birdies since. The two-time US Open winner is on two under after eight and is in a group of five which includes Chris DiMarco and Paul McGinley. Darren Clarke is on three over at the turn after a double bogey, two bogeys and a birdie. Nick Faldo, winner of the Open in 1987, 1990 and 1992, has had three bogeys and a birdie in his first six holes. So there you go.

"DiMarco at 125-1 is a super price - he hits the ball straight and is very consistent - my few quid each way could make for an interesting Sunday!!"
Striker, Antrim via text

Scotland down

1039: Excellent work from Justin Rose, who saves par at the fifth with an excellent 12-foot putt, breaking left to right, but Lawrie goes wide with his effort and he slips to three over. The Scot looks to be struggling with the masses that follow Tiger round the course - to the extent that he has already asked the group referee to keep them away during shots. Tiger also pars and it's a fine start from the American.

Ken Brown
"I think these have to be the truest links greens we've ever seen. They are playing absolutely beautifully."
BBC Sport pundit Ken Brown

1026: KJ Choi misses the opportunity to snatch back the outright lead despite an excellent long birdie attempt putt on the 10th. It goes wide and he stays on three under. David Howell, meanwhile, continues his comeback after dropping four shots in the first three holes, moving to one over courtesy of a fabulous long putt on nine.

Ball in rough

1022: On the tee of the fifth and Justin Rose, who has now donned a black sweater - his fourth layer and third outfit change of the round so far - drives left and into the rough. Woods makes no such error and drives beautifully down the middle. Elsewhere, Poulter sends a 30-foot putt millimetres past the hole as his birdie attempt on four goes wide.

"Tiger has proven that he can win in all weather. Especially rain."
Brad via text

1017: Agony for Montgomerie as his irons desert him and he finds sand on three. Poulter, who recovered well on three to save par, fires a great approach on four to set up a possible birdie opportunity. Elsewhere, Dane Thomas Bjorn fires his second birdie of the day on seven to move to one under.

1013: Chris DiMarco is making his move brilliantly, birdieing the eighth to make it four shots picked up in three holes. The American is now just one shot off the lead despite bogeying two and three and he is looking in fine fettle.

"Is that some kind of sick joke!!!??? Monty get going with the putter!!!???"
DadoTheFrazman on 606

England up

1008: A nice and steady start from Woods, who holes out on four with a par to stay one-under, while Rose goes one better - birdieing to go back to level par.

Peter Alliss

"They come in all shapes and sizes, the supporters here at the Open Championship."
BBC Sport's Peter Alliss observing a rather portly gentleman in the crowd

"If the weather is bad then Tiger Woods is in trouble - he can only play golf if the weather is sunny, warm and no wind and rain."
braxious on 606

0958: Another good approach from Monty goes unrewarded as he putts short to only give him a par at the second. If the Scot can get going with the putter he might make a move here, though...

0954: Close from Lawrie but not close enough as he two-putts for a double bogey on the second, a 'feat' repeated by Rose. Woods shows them how it should be done with a seven-footer for birdie and the American is finding his feet well. Elsewhere, Campbell drops an eagle putt short on the sixth but holes out to join Choi at the top of the leaderboard.

0949: Chris DiMarco fires the first eagle of the Championships with a superb putt on the par-five sixth and that takes the American back to par.

0945: KJ Choi's tremendous start hits its first blip as the Korean three putts the seventh for a bogey and his lead is trimmed to one. On the third, Rose and Lawrie both put too much backspin on their approaches and roll back into the water off the green - ouch.

0941: Darren Clarke's early struggles continue as he double bogeys the fifth to slip to three over. And Monty loses his putt on the first, knocking left of the hole to miss out on a birdie.

Sam Torrance

"I was watching Monty putting in practice and he was pushing everything left of the hole - and that was a perfect example."
BBC Sport pundit Sam Torrance

0937: Back with the main group and Woods again lips a birdie effort to par the second, while Rose and Lawrie also hole out with fours. On the first, Colin Montgomerie sets up a birdie chance with a fabulous approach and the crowds are finding their voices nicely.

"Blimey, Choi has started off like a rocket! I seem to remember him doing well in the opening rounds of previous Opens...can't see him winning though."
HorshamHammer - Can't touch this on 606

0933: Elementary for Choi, who taps in a two-footer to make it four birdies in the first six holes and to take his lead to two. Meanwhile, Ian Poulter - dressed rather conservatively in brownish-green tartan that, while lovely and everything, suggests he needn't have taken eight months picking it out (see 0755 entry) - opens up with a birdie.

0927: Rod Pampling, the only man to lead the Open after the first round and then miss the cut, birdies six to go two under and move to joint second alongside Campbell, while Choi has a birdie opportunity at six after two fine shots help him reach the par-five green in three.

Ball in rough

0925: Rose tees off to the right on the second, but it looks to be an ok lie in the rough, while Woods is also fortunate with his lie after drifting to the left. Lawrie swings beautifully down the line and sends his drive straight down the middle.

0923: Stop the press - the rain has stopped! In fact, Rose has opted to shed the waterproof and reduce his layer levels to just three. Brave boy.

England up

0919: Lawrie goes agonisingly close with his birdie attempt, tickling one by the cup, before holing out for a par. But it's a birdie for Rose, the Englishman's putt breaking from left to right and sinking in the middle. Woods lips his effort and can only par.

0917: Nice recovery from Lawrie, who finds the green from the rough, but it's even better from Rose, the Englishman firing a nine iron around eight foot from the hole. Woods, from an almost identical position as Rose, takes the same club with similar results. Birdie opportunities for Woods and Rose early on, then.

0915: Fabulous start from American amateur Drew Weaver, who pulls alongside Michael Campbell and Gregory Bourdy on two under, one behind the leader Choi.

runoutofmilk on 606

0911: Beautiful start from Woods, launching a three iron straight down the middle, but Paul Lawrie drifts one off to the right and will take his second shot from the rough. Justin Rose spanks one away towards Woods's mark and that's a good start from the Englishman.

0906: As BBC Two coverage gets going, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie make their way to the first tee. As expected there is a fair old crowd building to watch them tee off...

0900: The 606 website is now open for business people - and Matt Slater has kicked you all off with his experiences from the first tee at 0630 BST this morning. Get chatting, debating and generally avoiding anything resembling work and I'll try to get the best comments up here on this commentary.

"Will you southern softies stop moaning about the glorious Carnoustie weather? I'm in Aberdeen and will be running round the lighthouse at lunchtime in nothing more than a broad grin. Nae bother. Then raw haggis for lunch. Let em have it Monty, I'll fill the jug for yer!"
Fae Marc W (Abbo brummie), Aberdeen via text

Sam Torrance

"We've all played in conditions like this and it is never pleasant. But it is the Open and you would play in any weather for this. Someone will shoot a low score today, the course is nowhere near as tough as in '99"
BBC Sport pundit Sam Torrance

0846: KJ Choi is on fire out there - a birdie on the fourth takes him to three under and he's two clear. For anyone wondering, we have up and down graphics for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but sadly no Korean up and down graphic...sorry about that.

England down

0839: KJ Choi replicates Oliver Wilson's bright start with another birdie at the third to move into the outright lead on two under. The Korean will be hoping to avoid the double bogey at the fourth that sparked a mini collapse from Wilson, though, the Englishman now lying joint bottom on four under alongside countrymen David Howell and David Coupland.

0830: Kiwi Michael Campbell and Americans John Rollins and Justin Leonard move to one under to make it eight players at the top of the leaderboard at these early stages, but conditions are still awful and even the top players are struggling. However, the latest word is that the weather should ease in the next half hour or so - just in time before Tiger Woods takes to take to the course, then.

0824: Away from the golf a moment as I report the hottest news of the day so far - two hours and 24 minutes after I first took my seat on the Open coverage desk and I have been delivered my first brew. And I didn't even ask for it. Praise the angels and heaven above! Ahem, anyway...

0816: It's not the greatest of starts from Clarke unfortunately, the Ulsterman opening up with a bogey after visiting the greenside bunker. I quite fancy the big man this weekend, though, so watch this space. Or alternatively, write him off now as my record in golf betting is worse than woeful... Meanwhile, Australian Stuart Appleby joins the leading group on one under with a birdie on the first.

BBC Sport mole

"This is just like being at Wimbledon - it is absolutely minging up here! Should my teeth be chattering in mid-July? I'm stationed in the BBC studio which sits on an excellent spot half-way up the 18th fairway. Ken Brown has arrived and is looking anxiously at the puddles of standing water on the course. Fun fun fun."
BBC Sport's TV Mole at Carnoustie

0804: Swindon's Ryder Cup star David Howell gets his Open under way with a bogey - oops - and all five Englishman out on the course are now over par - double oops. Scots Scott Drummond and Ross Bain are faring better on even par through two, while Irishman David Higgins is one over. Howell's Ryder Cup team-mate Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland is out on the first now, though, and the big names are starting to hit the course.

0757: After a slow start we're met with a flurry of birdies - Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, Korean KJ Choi and Richard Sterne of South Africa all picking up shots in quick succession to join Da Silva at the top of the leaderboard.

"Sitting with a rye smile on my face in Shanghai, with 39oc temperatures and fierce humidity, at the reports its freezing at Carnoustie!"
Michelle, originally Glasgow, via text

0755: A quick word with Ian Poulter on Five Live reveals the Englishman has been planning his Open outfit for eight months. Yes, eight months. Now, radio being radio, I can't actually see what he has donned today, but no man can justify planning an outfit for that amount of time surely? That said, Nicky Campbell described the attire as "lovely" so I'm expecting big things. Sort of.

England down

0742: Ah well, it was nice while it lasted folks! Oliver Wilson slips back to par with a double bogey at the fourth, while Coupland takes a six at the par-four second to fall back to one over. Brazilian Adilson da Silva is the Championship's new leader having birdied the third, with 18 players now out on the course.

The Met Office's bill of fare for Carnoustie today promises four different types of drizzle. We start with plain old drizzle, before moving on to "cloudy, persistent drizzle" from about noon. The evening will then bring "light drizzle", while carousers on "the strip" tonight will have to dodge "light drizzle showers". So it's wet, then.
BBC Sport's Matt Slater at Carnoustie

"Great start for the Lincolnshire lad. Come on David Coupland!"
David in Lincoln via text

England up

0718: It's all about the Brits early doors at Carnoustie - English amateur David Coupland birdies the first to briefly join Oliver Wilson at the top of the leaderboard, only for Wilson to fire a three at the par-four third to move to two-under. Any chances of those two still leading the field come Sunday afternoon? No? Oh come on, you never know...

0709: It's rather amusing listening to the Five Live team at the moment, doing their best to stifle giggles as they adopt the traditional 'golf whisper' for no other reason than to amuse themselves - lovely stuff. Also, apparently Vassos Alexander is now regretting his decision to don a short-sleeved shirt today - there's nothing like British optimism is there?

"Good luck to all the Brits and especially Monty, who is hitting form at just the right time!"
From all the guys at air traffic control Glasgow airport via text

0658: Wilson's first-hole birdie remains the highlight of the day so far, with pars the order of the day otherwise on the opener. Ben Bunny has the dubious 'honour' of holing the first bogey of the day on the second, as the crowds start to build at Carnoustie despite the nippy weather.

Right here, right now, is one of the rare occasions I'm glad I'm not a professional golfer and can bravely retreat to the media tent for tea and sausage sandwiches! It's absolutely freezing...
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Carnoustie

England up

0646: Englishman Oliver Wilson snares the first birdie of the Championship, rolling in a short putt to take the early lead ahead of Durant and Australian Ben Bunny, who could only par the opener. Stop the Open people, we have a European leader!

0641: The fantastically named Briton Graeme Storm (imagine that as a youngster - you'd be the playground hero surely), is among the second group out on the second tee, with conditions increasingly "horrible" according to our boys out on the course.

0630: And we're under way people... Joe Durant takes a three wood downwind and shanks it a little short and right. This first hole has been earmarked by many as a birdie opportunity, apparently, so we're hoping for a quick start here...

"We're about to tee off here and it's all very exciting. It's damn cold out there but Joe Durant looks unaffected."
Vassos Alexander on BBC Five Live


0622: A little weather update for you - and there's rain in the air at Carnoustie. With rain, winds and little sun forecast all day and all weekend, Tiger Woods' bid for three Opens in a row might just be affected by the weather. Which might go down well with the British contingent hoping to wage a pitch battle in tough conditions...

0615: Morning folks. It's an early start all round as we await the start of the 136th Open in just 15 minutes, when American Joe Durant will kick us off from the first tee.

We will be here for the next four days bringing you regular updates as the action unfolds at Carnoustie - complimented by a host of funky graphics that I have little idea when and where to use - and we would love you to get involved either by text (although not from the course where mobiles are banned of course) or by using 606.


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