leslie on 606:
"I first played St Andrews in 1974 when a 260-yard drive was ruddy good and the Road Hole was playing as difficult as it is now but 40 yards shorter. The courses are not the problem, but ball development."
David on 606:
"I've modified a children's song to suit golf, it goes 'roll, roll the ball gently on the green, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, a par is but a dream."
Right, unless anyone out there is particularly keen that I spend the next hour or so describing the progress of American Tim Petrovic, I'm going to wrap this up. Thanks for all your chat and stuff, Sam Lyon will be here in the morning followed by me in the afternoon. Peace out.
Right, unless anyone out there is particularly keen that I spend the next hour or so describing the progress of American Tim Petrovic, I'm going to wrap this up. Thanks for all your chat and stuff, Sam Lyon will be here in the morning followed by me in the afternoon. Peace out.
wildsnooker on 606:
"Rory won't win it. He'll be up there, but don't be expecting him to hit 63 tomorrow, it won't happen. Yes, I have money on him. He won't win it..."
Graeme McDowell (-1):
"It was great to see my old pal [McIlroy] playing well. He told me he was ready for this week and he told me I inspired him a little bit at Pebble. I think when you see friends and people you play with on a regular basis achieving something like that there's no doubt it drags you along."
Most of the faces still out on the course would be a mystery to anybody but the keenest golf fan - Martin Kaymer of Germany has one to play, he's currently playing the 18th. Edoardo Molinari of Italy is in with a 69 and Kaymer, currently sixth in the Ryder Cup standings, nails his birdie putt for a 69 of his own, both well in the hunt...
Paul Goydos, who carded a rare 59 on the PGA Tour last week, is finding life a bit tougher today - one over through 13. Rhys Davies of Wales, who some observers fancied this week, is in with a 73.
Danny Chia, who was the first bona fide Malaysian to play in the Open in 2002, is three under through 12. Apologies for the lack of other news, I'm struggling for pictures at the moment - any ideas?
Lee Westwood (-5):
"It was tricky out there. This morning was a piece of cake, you could kick it around in a decent score. This afternoon, as it does around here, the wind blew and we got unlucky with the weather but that happens in links golf, that's the nature of it. The course was defenceless. I expected someone to shoot 62 for the first time today. The calf is sore and it gets worse as the days goes on and my ankle swells up. I'm going to the physio and off to have a bit of soft tissue work done on it."
Someone texting in to demand I remove Ken Brown from the course! How dare you, sir? You talk of him as if he's a lunatic escaped from a nearby asylum. And anyway, I'm in White City... Tyler Heath Slocum of Baton Rouge, three-time winner on the PGA Tour, moves to three under with birdie at 14.
The wise old owl Montgomerie takes an iron down the last, Mickelson and Goosen both bash away with drivers. Lovely touch from Mickelson, popping it on to within five feet. Ben Crane, of Portland, Oregon, is three under after a birdie at 14. Monty is in with a 74 after that double at 17, he's got some hard graft ahead of him tomorrow. Goosen lands a biggun for birdie and a round of 69, the South African still on the scent. Mickelson in with a 73 courtesy of his first birdie, not a great day for the world number two - he didn't get the best conditions, but others fared better this evening.
Many thanks Saj, Dirs is back on duty. Painful to watch as Garcia misses with his birdie attempt at 18, the Spaniard, sporting a star on his chest to commemorate Spain's World Cup win, in with a 71. Keep putting like that and he's got no chance. Martin Kaymer's birdie effort at 16 turns right, has a look but decides not to drop - the German stays -2.
Garcia, on one under, has an eagle putt at the 18th from a good 14 feet, but falls short by three feet on the slowing greens. Anyway, enough of me. I'll hand you back to the capable hands of the replenished Ben Dirs.
The Goose does not overcook and makes his par at the 17th from about six feet. Montgomerie, who clipped out of the bunker, holes his double-bogey putt from a similar distance - it could have been far worse. Mickelson also makes par.
Mickelson and Goosen are nowhere near with their birdie efforts and both face a tough ask to make par at the 17th.
What is it with Phil Mickelson and the Open? A five iron fails to carry on the 17th - there's a lot of green space between the ball and the hole. But there is worse news for Montgomerie, who found some bushes from the tee. It's a par four and he's played his fourth which leaves him in the bunker. It was going quite well for the Scot.
A bit of news on Spain's Sergio Garcia. The bubbly lad makes par at the 17th, only just, to remain on one under for the championship. Rafa Nadal, Spain's football team... will Garcia make it a sporting hat-trick for the country?
US Open winner Graeme McDowell taps in for a birdie at the last for a 71 - two bogeys and three birdies for the Northern Ireland player. This is painful to write... American Jim Furyk finishes with a 77 for six under - at least he holed a birdie at the 18th.
Mickelson has something shy of a monster putt for a birdie on the 16th. Guess what? He misses by less than a foot. The American is one of four players not to have holed a birdie today. Fact.
Scott three putts the last for par and a round of 72. He will rue not having exploited the conditions. Westwood misses with an eight-footer for par, but Worksop's finest finishes with a 67. That was a very useful score considering the wind picked up in the afternoon. The final member of the trio, Miguel Angel Jimenez, also pars the last to end the day on level par.
Aussie Adam Scott avoids the Valley of Sin at the last and lays the ball about eight feet short - he's still at level par.
Hello, Saj Chowdhury here. Phil Mickelson still hasn't made a birdie. His putt at the 15th circles the lip and opts not to fall in. Rotten luck.
Westwood has absolutely splattered his tee shot at 18, it's crept on the front left, just evading the Valley of Sin. Right, I'm off for some dinner, here's Saj Chowdhury for half an hour or so...
1832: -9 McIlroy -7 Oosthuizen -6 Daly, Coltart, Tiley, Dredge, Hanson
Casey finds the back of the net with his birdie putt at 18 and the Englishman is in with a 69, tied for 30th. Jimenez's birdie putt breaks too soon at 17 but he should stay level. Kaymer makes birdie at 13, the German -2 and yet to drop a shot... why did I say that? Westwood from 20 feet... Oooh! Just grazes the hole, he stays five under...
That'll do nicely from McDowell at 16, right into the heart with his second. Smashing little bump and run from Casey at 18, good chance of a birdie. Jimenez has rattled his second right into the guts of the 17th, drawing the ball in. Outrageous! Westwood with a bona fide thin at 17, but the ball ricochets off a hump before finishing closer than Jimenez. "Hitting it in the air's overrated," cracks the Worksop man as he marches onwards.
5 live summariser Jay Townsend:
"I don't see, if the conditions get windy, like they are starting to approach right now, that Tiger will continue in good form. Mainly because he is playing from such a shut position at the top - that means the face of the club is pointing skyward at the top of the swing. It's very difficult to play with a left-to-right wind from that position, and for half the golf course you'll be playing in a left-to-right wind. And he's never won a tournament that has been held in windy conditions. He got lucky today, he didn't play in wind. I don't think he's going to win. I think he's starting to play better but he's not ready - I don't see it."
McDowell made his par putt at 15 to stay level. Ben Curtis, champion in 2003, has just gone bogey, bogey, par, double bogey to slide down to +5. Casey's saver ducks in the side door at 16, he stays -2. Peter Hanson of Sweden is in with three birdies in the final four holes for a round of 66.
Ryan Moore of the United States is in with a 70. Odd - on some parts of the course it's still lobbing it down, on others someone's turned it off. Did I tell the tale of E Molinari at 12 - another birdie, the Italian is -3. Westwood will do well to get down in two on 16 - putter from 90 feet and he's killed it to within a matter of inches. Colin Montgomerie strikes me as a man who'd walk into a room full of flowers and immediately start looking for the coffin - glad I can't see his big, gloomy face now, he's just made a bogey at 13 to drop back to level.
It's raining its backside off now, if you weren't playing in the Open you'd think about legging it for soup and sandwiches. It's horrible... really is disgusting... anyone seen 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil!'? Hilarious, tragic and ultimately gloriously uplifting and life-affirming. Truly wonderful. McDowell with a fairly ordinary approach into 15.
McDowell, the US Open champion, is back in the real world today, but he's bent one in at 14 to get back to +1. Dustin Johnson leaves his birdie putt short at 18, he's in with a 69. Interesting fact about Johnson, he's one of only three men in the world ever to have been named Dustin, the others being Hoffman and Gee. Westwood doesn't make that birdie putt at 15... deary me, Mickelson's making it look difficult at the moment, double bogey at 13...
Westwood with no more than an eight iron into the 15th and that's a cheeky effort, he'll have a makeable birdie putt up a small ridge. Karlsson was very nearly OB off the tee at 18 - cracking approach though, only for his ball to catch the edge of the cup, spin right and disappear down the hill. Former US Open champ Ogilvy for birdie at 14 and he's drained it, back in the red the Aussie goes.
Seventy-eight players currently under par, which is roughly half the course. YE Yang made that birdie putt at 18 and he's in with a 67, right in the hunt. Edoardo Molinari of Italy, very much a Ryder Cup hope, birdies 12 and is now -3. World number two Mickelson, who never looks entirely comfortable striding a links - rather like a confused American tourist in a ye olde tea house - actually made par at 12, sorry about the misinformation.
YE Yang give himself a chance of a birdie with a sweet approach at 18 - he's four under. Crackerjack eagle effort from Westwood at 14 and he bounces straight back from his bogey with a birdie to get to five under again. Casey played a very handy second into the 15th but couldn't finish it off, underhitting his 12-footer to stay two under. Not a great round from Donald, in with a mediocre 73. Jimenez makes a longun disappear at 14 to get back to par, his face creasing slightly, like a well-worn leather sofa.
Birdie to finish for three-time major winner Singh - four in his last six - and he's in with a 68. Simon Khan is in with a 74, the Chingford man won't be happy with that. Martin Kaymer of Germany - lots of folk backing him, including me - has carded nine straight pars after his opening birdie. Peter Hanson of Sweden birdies 15 to move to four under.
Bradley Dredge (-6):
"When I teed off there was no wind this morning, so it was no surprise to see some good scoring... As an amateur I was brought up on links golf, I really enjoy it but I haven't been able to adapt to it as well because we don't get a chance to play on it that much."
El Duffo, Somerset, in the TMS inbox:
"Definitely think someone missed a trick not putting Watson, Holmes and Moriarty in the same group."
Jim Furyk is having a stinker, the American is four over after 12. Former champ Sandy Lyle, winner at Sandwich in 1985, is in with a three-over 75. Outrageous from Mickelson - a low, skimming pitch on at 12 and it clatters into the pin and stops stone dead. He'll escape with a bogey, it could have been a lot, lot worse.
Menacing clouds overhead, there's plenty of liquid up there. Donald in the Road Hole bunker, as we cut to Scott over-borrowing on the green at 13, he's back to -1. Only five of the top 28 out on course, as Donald plonks his escape onto the front of the dancefloor. Shot gone for Westwood, first dropped shot and he drops back to four under. Mickelson's reloaded off the tee at 12, I can almost see my tenner floating down the Eden Estuary...
Decent effort out of some rubbish from Jimenez at 13. Dustin Johnson bends in a birdie at 16 to move to -3. Westwood from about 50ft at 13 and that's a decent effort, he'll have a four-footer for par. Edoardo Molinari makes birdie at 10 and is two under for his round...
(see below) - Steve in Enniskillen reckons it's Vilamoura in October, surely we can't all be wrong. Denmark's Anders Hansen ran up an eight on the 17th - but then holing his second shot on the 18th for an eagle two. He finished five over. Vijay missed that birdie putt at 17, ruddy shame... up above the streets and houses, rainbow flying high...
On a day for limbo scoring, poor old Ewan Porter of Australia is propping up the field - an 81 for him today. There are plenty over par, however, and most of them are still out on the course. Vijay Singh with a coruscating approach at 17, the Fijian is three under and motoring well. England's Paul Streeter drains a monster for eagle at five, he's one shot back. Monty made birdie at 10, he's one under par...
Ian via text on 81111:
"Ben, Lucie, you're both wrong! The Millstone Pub golf outing to the Algarve in October will be as legendary as last year!"
1704: Stuart, Apoplectic, Fife
, texts to point out that St Andrews is, of course, looks out on the North Sea. I trust we're all playing the "'preciate it" drinking game today? The basic rules are, every time an American (or Brit, if they've played a bit over there) says "'preciate it" at the end of an interview, you have to knock back what you've got in your hand. You can play it with biscuits if you want. Cracking par from Dredge at 17, he hit that first putt about 50 yards...
Steven Tiley (-6):
"It's unbelievable, everything went according to plan. I hit the ball great and kept out the bunkers which is what Tiger Woods managed to achieve over four rounds when he won at St Andrews in 2000."
... Or is it the North Sea? Jimenez makes a monster disappear to get back to level par through 12. Westwood taps in for par, nice two putt to stay four off the lead. Mickelson with a left-to-righter at 10 but it runs out of legs and he stays level. Mark Calcavecchia, winner at Troon in 1989, birdied four of the last six for a 70.
Par putt for Casey at 12, he stays two under. Rumour has it it's going to be howling a gale tomorrow morning, so these boys out on the course want to get a more than solid round on the board. The wiry Dustin Johnson, who blew up so dramatically at the US Open last month, is two under through 14. Adam Scott pitching in for an eagle at 12, the Australian climbs to two under par.
Oosthuizen with a saver at 18, a round of 65 for him and two off the clubhouse lead. Luke Donald doing what Luke Donald does, grinding his way round - the Englishman is level after 14. Dave from Chester
is correct when he says it's the Firth of Forth - congratulations, you don't have to share a room with Banjo. Robert Karlsson of Sweden is four under after a birdie at 14.
Westwood with a five-footer for par at 11 - straight down the pipe, he stays five under. Monty expects his birdie putt to come right at nine but it disobeys and he's out in even par. Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, who looks like he's just stepped out of a painting by Lowry, birdies 10 to get back to level. Mickelson saves par at nine, all pars so far.
YE Yang, the PGA champion, pops in a birdie at 14 to get to four under. Wide putting stance, the Korean, almost as if he's riding a wave. Lucie
(see below), it depends - do any of your society snore? Ricky Barnes - you can still get decent odds on him - is putting a decent round together, -4 through 14. Glorious sunshine now at St Andrews, making the North Sea - or is it the Firth of Forth? Whoever can tell me first doesn't have to sleep with Banjo - shimmer.
Lucie via text on 81111:
"Ben, forget Banjo and Le Touquet, La Manga in October, with my ladies society, is the place to be!"
Shot gone for Oosthuizen at 17, he'll need an eagle at 18 to match McIlroy. If you manually refresh you'll see my name and my Twitter at the top and all that stuff and nonsense. Bradley Dredge stays five under with a par at 15.
Monty rolls in a solid par putt to stay level, before marching off to the next tee. He leaves his caddie trailing, as is his wont, and they look for all the world like a couple who've just had a row about something incredibly trivial and will both be embarrassed about it later. Steven Tiley is in with a six-under 66, making the most of a partially-clothed Old Lady... Westwood with a beast of a birdie putt at 10... AND IT'S HORSESHOED OUT! Unlucky son, he stays five under. Garcia has made birdies at three, five and six and is one under overall.
Oosthuizen with a poor second at 17, he'll have to go some to card a par from there. Westwood with his second to the 10th and he punches to within 25 feet, no great shakes. Better from Adam Scott, he'll have a chance for birdie. Graeme McDowell with a birdie attempt at nine, but he's left it low - his putter a rod of ice at the moment. Goosen gets to two under with birdie at seven, but Mickelson can't get anything going at the moment, he slides his birdie attempt right.
Jimenez safely away at 10 - he wants to watch he doesn't get splurged on his way back to the clubhouse, they're some shoes he's wearing. Did someone mention they're off to play golf in Le Touquet? I'm playing golf there in September, about eight of us in all - Banjo sounds like he'd fit right in. Dreamy second from Mickelson at the par-four seventh, Monty takes too much of the ball out of the sand but his ball bounces back off the slope at the back...
Many thanks Orlo, Benjamin is here now. Mickelson missed that short birdie putt at six and stays level. No mistakes from Westwood at nine however - 15-footer for birdie, five straight birdies for five under overall. Welshman Bradley Dredge, whose course record was demolished by Rory McIlroy earlier today, has just rolled in a 10-footer at 14 to get to five under.
Time for me to go. Thanks very much for your company and all of your messages today. Really appreciated. Keep them coming in. I'm going to hand over to Dirsy and he will take you home. Have a great weekend, take it easy.
Andy, Redhill via text:
"Banjo, do what we did when we were there in April, give the receptionist your passports and let her decide by dealing them like cards."
Alex in Alnwick via text:
"Well Banjo, closest to the pin or just stick him on the balcony like my brothers cricket team did to him."
American Ricky Barnes has been mentioned in despatches in the lead up to this tournament. Well, he has in this office anyway. He birdies 12 and is currently comfortable at four under. Meanwhile, in other news, Robbie Williams is to rejoin Take That to record a new album. I'm glad the players on the course aren't being told about this news, they wouldn't be able to hold a club. I'm welling up.
It's a scrappy start from McDowell, a bogey at seven places him back on one over.
Wow, there's some horrible black clouds out the back of the 18th green but the boys in the BBC commentary box say they are moving away from the course. Looking at the flags now the wind is much, much stronger than this morning. No-one will match McIlroy's score. Fact. Westwood goes out the back of the eighth green and has a tough one back for a birdie... hang on it's getting there, it's getting there... IT'S IN. Four birdies in a row. On. The. Charge. Oosthuizen is now one off McIlroy after another birdie at 15. He's on eight under.-9 McIlroy -8 Oosthuizen -6 Daly, Coltart, Tiley -5 Siem, Watney, Glover, O'Hair, Woods, Andersoon-Hed, Canizares
Banjo, Bedford via text:
"Planning golf trip to Le Touquet. There are eight lads one of whom snores like a walrus with a head cold. Any suggestions for how to decide who has to room with him?"
Montgomerie does not sink his eagle attempt but does claim a birdie. Back to level par. Goosen also has a birdie and is two under. A quick update on Paul Casey, who is currently one under with two bogeys and three birdies from his opening eight holes.
Goosen and Montgomerie both have eagle putts at the par-five fifth but are patiently waiting for the group in front to tee off from the sixth tee box. My tip for the week Steve Stricker is currently level par after five - handily placed I would argue.
Mark, Reigate via text:
"Any news on my bets for the week, KJ Choi and Martin Kaymer?"Hi Mark, KJ is one over after two while Kaymer is one under thru three.
Del, Birmingham via text:
"Re: box-office groups. I once caddied for Dennis Waterman at the Belfry ahead of a four containing Andy Gray and Bobby Davro - cue four hours of hilarious 'banter'! No, really hilarious."
Craig, Prestwick via text:
"Re: Simon HB. Better keep Westwood's injured calf away from my badger. We don't to add tuberculosis to the poor beast's woes."
Steve, Fermanagh via text:
"Just tucking into my beef and gravy sarnie here at work, enjoying the banter online! Good old Rory there ya kno!"
It could be a hat-trick of birdies for Westwood after a fabulous approach to the seventh green. Tiley has the chance for another birdie at the 16th but he leaves the putt short.
McDowell shouts at himself 'oh Graeme' as his approach to the sixth leaks a little right. Monty is one over after taking a five at the fourth. Kent's
has had an incredible start in his first Open since turning professional. He birdies the 15th and is up to six under.
Will anyone match McIlroy's score? Well, Oosthuizen might. He birdies 14 and is now on seven under. As Mark O'Meara is interviewed on the telly I can see some umbrellas going up near the clubhouse behind him. The rain is back it seems.
Oliver Wilson on Twitter:
"All done today. -4 68. Relatively pleased considering I won the prize for dumbest pro today. 1st tee shot in the burn, Say no more..."
Good attempt with the birdie putt from McDowell but no cigar. He'll probably settle for a par. Westwood sinks a 15-footer at six, that's two birdies in a row now. Cool as you like.
McDowell flips his ball out of the rough but he cannot get any control on the ball and it fizzes across the green. Mickelson at the fourth is slightly concerned by his approach to the fourth green. Don't worry fella, it stops just before falling into the deep bunker.
Tom Watson (+1):
"I hit the ball well on the practice range but got off to a sluggish start. The Lady didn't have any clothes on today - she was there for the taking and the scores reflected that. We've seen St Andrews play like this before but probably won't for the rest of the week. We got the lucky part of the draw but unfortunately I didn't take advantage of it. The course is going to play tough tomorrow."
McDowell at the fifth places an approach into the long stuff. Good luck finding that then. It doesn't look good. O'Meara drops a shot at 17, sorry Mark I shouldn't have mentioned you. See what happens when I do?
Darren Clarke (-2):
"The course was there for the taking but I was hoping for a little bit better because of the conditions. My own expectations are high. I left quite a few out there but that's the way it goes. The Open is always the biggest tournament in the world but when it's at St Andrews it makes it even more special."
Simon HB, London via text:
"Just listening to commentary on Five Live and they were talking about Westwood 'walking round protecting his injured calf'. Are they allowed to bring livestock on the fairway?"
Justin Rose (-2):
"It's nice to get off to a good start. I didn't feel 100% on it but a couple under isn't a bad start. You can't win it on Thursday but you can lose it."
Westwood's eagle putt leaves him with a tap in for birdie. Goosen makes a horlicks of the third and ends with a bogey five. Mickelson makes a clutch putt for par at the same hole.
With all the commotion going on elsewhere, it's easy to miss a name creeping up the leaderboard. Mark O'Meara, the 1998 champion, is up to four under after 16. Westwood saved par at the fourth and then delivers a nice approach into the fifth. Birdie at least. Goosen has some work to do at the third after a filthy second shot.
Padraig Harrington (+1):
"The first hole certainly made it tougher. When you hit a bad shot, followed by a bad chip, followed by a bad putt then you lose confidence. I hit the ball solidly but I just couldn't hole the putts. It is very frustrating because it's a course where scoring is good. It's tough when everyone else is going forward and I've been treading water all day."
Goosen pings one down the middle of the third before Mickelson, resplendent in fuchsia, pulls out the big stick and, I think, slaps one in the rough. Tom Lehman, champion in 1996 at Lytham, moves to three under with birdie at 10.
Monty with a tremendous approach at the second, he'll have an eight-footer for birdie. Casey now at the par-five fifth and he gives himself an eminently makeable eagle opportunity with a peach of an approach. Mickelson shows his boundless class with a lovely long putt at two before Goosen trumps him - and some - with a Wogan-esque birdie putt from all of 60 feet. Monty squeezes his birdie putt by, he stays level.
Westwood at the fourth, his jumper is fluttering in the wind but at least the sun is shining. His approach goes through the green and is in the longer stuff at the back. McDowell drains a birdie putt at the third to return to level par.
Anon via text:
"Mark, did you know that Pui Fan Lee also played Po in the Teletubbies?"With three children under six, it's my duty to know.
Ian Poulter (-1):
"I played nicely, I just didn't hole the putts. I hit a few putts with a little too much borrow, and then maybe under-borrowed the next one. I would have preferred the golf course to play as tough as it could today because I feel my game is suited to links and heavy conditions."
The Goose, with his natty belly putter, drills one for an opening birdie. Mickelson - in a very bright pink top - and Monty have pars. Garcia also starts with a par. BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara is behind the scenes at the Open and you can watch his latest video
Steve in Seattle via text:
"Just woke up at 6am here on Pacific time and appears I've slept through a cracker - ruddy time difference! Am I still the only one that fully expects John Daly and his fashion to blow up well before Sunday afternoon?"
Gav via text:
"I'm working in Dundee and the rain is hammering down! Look for the weather to change for the very worse in the next half hour and the scoring to plummet!"
Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen get going. That's some three-ball. As they begin their opening rounds, discussion now turns to box-office golfing groups of the past. The names of Jimmy Tarbuck, Ronnie Corbett and Kenny Lynch start to rekindle some warm memories I can tell you.
Tiger Woods (-5):
"It was a good start. The conditions were calm this morning. All the guys were four or five under through the loop. You have to be at about five under to be top 10, I've not seen scoring like that at a major like this before."
McDowell gets off to a poor start, he has a five at the first. South African Louis Oosthuizen has a tiddler for birdie at the 10th - and he gets it. That's six birdies in the last seven holes. Six under for him.
longpablo on Twitter:
"Been quietly impressed with Villegas so far. Seems to have kept his cool. Time for a different South American major winner maybe?"
McIlroy's 63 is the 24th such round in a major championship. It's the eighth in the Open and the first since Nick Faldo and Payne Stewart at Sandwich in 1993. Sergio Garcia gets going at the first. The 30-year-old Spaniard has been in freefall of late and from two in the world in 2008, he's now number 44. Tom Watson ends with a par to card a one-over 73. The players might be having few problems out there but it appears we are having technical problems with some of the video feeds. Apologies if you are experiencing problems but the technical team are hard at work trying to fix.
Iain via text:
"Just been to the pub for lunch. Can confirm that you have not done justice to quite how awful Daly's outfit is. Happy to be back with the live text."
Matt Stoke-on-Trent via text:
"Mark, please can you ask any players on the 17th to look for a Titleist 1 ball somewhere in the left hand side rough as it's mine that I lost when I played there. Thanks."Done.
What do I know? Woods nails the par putt and that's a handy 67 to open up with. Good stat chat now, apparently Woods opened with a 67 when he won the Open here in 2000. Rose also ends with a par for a two-under 70. US Open champ Graeme McDowell gets going at the first.
Steve, London via text:
"Ahh, the 18th. Duck hooked my drive, butchered the chip, got a lucky bounce and buried the birdie! Good times!"
Woods is on the 18th green - that's about 10 feet away. Tricky. Chat in the office has now turned to what odds would you have got on two Northern Irish majors in the same season? Thoughts?
Westwood at the first tee box now. Straight down the middle. Have a look here at BBC commentator
Ken Brown's video guide
about how to play the opening hole. (UK dwellers only, I'm afraid.) Westwood, who finished third last year, is at the Open despite
injuring his right calf muscle.
He said: "I've got swelling into my ankle and it is six to eight weeks recovery time if you put your feet up. But with the biggest tournament on the calendar this week I can't afford to do that, so it's a case of strapping it up and playing as well as I can."
Woods gives his tee shot at 18 some treatment. The bounce is not fantastic though and his ball nestles in the Valley of Sin. Rose is not as far down the fairway, simple chip for him, nightmare for me!
What on earth happened there? Woods, with that new putter of his, gets that par putt at 17 all wrong. That was as untidy as a teenager's bedroom. It goes four foot past. He gets the one coming back though and that's a silly shot gone. He's five under.-9 McIlroy -6 Daly, Coltart -5 Siem, Watney, Glover, O'Hair, Woods, Jeong, Andersson-Hed
Eoin in Dublin via text:
"I've been boasting all morning that I put good money on Rory last night. Just checked my account. I forgot to confirm! Sick!"
Alex, watching in the office and online, via text:
"Thankfully not one of those who 'was going to have a bet on McIlroy' - I did and loving this! Other tip Harrington needs to get a move on though!"
So Poulter finished bogey-par to end the day on one under. Bit of work tomorrow methinks. Cink ended with seven straight pars for a two under 70. Woods has a long putt from down the slope at 17, that's his third shot. It's right on line and that leaves a three-footer for par.
Bit of housekeeping, if you manually refresh this page then commentary-wise this page will be tickety-boo. Ta. Wind picking up now at St Andrews, we'll see how these scores hold up this afternoon.
Hello again. Cheers Dirsy. You know when I said 30 minutes, I actually meant an hour. No celebs on my lunch break unfortunately. It would be very hard to match the highlight of yesterday, though, when I spent an unforgettable few moments having the door held open for me by Pui Fan Lee from CBeebies. Good times.
Poults on 18 and that's a pitch as natty as his trousers, he'll have a makeable birdie putt. Rose with a clutch par putt at 16, he stays three under. Some new video in on John Daly's trousers, if you haven't got any work to do. That's a tee shot only its mother could love from Woods at 17, and Rose's isn't much better... time to hand you back to Mark Orlovac, see you a bit later...
Korean amateur Jin Jeong birdies 14 and joins Woods and O'Hair on six under. Woods with a monster putt as the rain starts to sweep in and that's a corker with this new wand of his, just a foot short from 60 feet out and he's in for a par at 16.
Clubhouse leader Rory McIlroy:
"I had to take advantage of the conditions today - the course was there to be taken apart but there have been a lot of very good scores. Graeme McDowell winning the US Open has given me belief. If he can win a major then so can I."
Sean O'Hair with a bender in a bun birdie putt at 16 and it breaks too soon, he'll stay -6. Hardly anyone over par at the moment - St Andrews without the wind is like Larry Holmes without his jab...
Poulter with a monster off the front at 17, and he's left himself a nasty one coming back. Here's "the forgotten champion", which is saying something seeing as it was only last year - Stewart Cink stays two under after a solid par at 16.
Woods stays six under after a par at 15, as news reaches me that that round from McIlroy was the lowest opening round in Open history. It was also the joint lowest round in major history, McIlroy joining such names as Greg Norman (twice), Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods in carding a 63.
Lucas Glover, the 2009 US Open champion, is in with a 67 and McIlroy is in with a nine-under 63 courtesy of a birdie at 18 - the Northern Irishman covered the final 10 holes in eight under par, made it look like a seaside pitch and putt...
Woods with his second into 15, and by his standards it's pretty ordinary. Watson drains a birdie at 14 to climb back to +1. Rose with a seven iron into 15 and he's right into the heart of the green...
Sean O'Hair with a 15-footer for par at 15... he leaves it fractionally low to drop back to -6... McIlroy has slipped back into dream mode - sweet as a nut with his second at 18, he's got a short one for a 63...
Bradley Dredge of Wales holds the course record, he carded a 64 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2006. Woods with a three wood off the tee at 15, whip-crack away... Rose made birdie at 14 to move to three under, Darren Clarke, second at the Scottish Open last week, is two under after 11. Ross Fisher for par at 15, and he slides it right to drop back to four under... Nick Watney of the States bends in a 15-footer for par at the last, he's in with a 67.
McIlroy to go nine under... MISSED IT! Tiddler really and that will be a little jab to the solar plexus - but that won't be the first one he misses this week... Sam Torrance announces that he's only ever played two days at St Andrews without any wind - 55 men under par now... Woods for birdie at 14 - in from 10 feet, he's six under par and two off the lead...
McIlroy with an absolute peach of a second at the Road Hole 17th, he's stiffed that to within a few feet - very makeable birdie chance to move to nine under. Was anyone else "going to have a bet on McIlroy"? I feel physically sick. Els bangs one down the 16th, the South African is one under after 15...
Thanks for turning up Orlo, Ben Dirs
in the seat for half an hour or so while he takes on liquids. Here's Justin Rose with his second to the par-five 14th and he's left himself a long and winding road of a putt. Orlo tells me people have been moaning about St Andrews being too easy - try telling the players that after it goes gale-force on one of the next three days... Poulter makes one at last, in for a birdie at 15 to move to -2...
Right then, I'm going to give this smoking keyboard a little rest and nab a bit of lunch. I think my backside has actually gone numb. Not pleasant. Anyway, the wonderful Ben Dirs will be your host for the next half an hour or so. See you in a bit.
From George in Corby via text:
"The weather will not stay the same over the next four days, conditions will get worse and the best golfer will rise to the top. To say it is not fit enough to host a major is a joke, it is the home of golf after all..."
From Ian in not-so-sunny Perth, via text:
"Kevin from East Sussex obviously knows nothing about golf in general and St Andrews in particular. It is the home of golf and whilst modern technology and improved fitness/ability of players has foreshortened the course, just wait until the elements change - and they will!! Guarantee that winning score will be worse than -10 under!!"
And there's another one for Woods as he drains a 15ft birdie putt at the par-four 13th. He's three off the lead now. McIlroy has a monster putt at the 16th... it's going in... oh no it just goes past the hole. That was very close.
DiscoDazUK on Twitter:
"People need to stop bleating about St Andrews being too easy. It's a wonderful course and the best player will win regardless."
John Daly (-6):
"I'm not too disappointed. Of the putts I missed I hit most my lines except the 17th, which I pulled a little bit for the par. You almost have to be aggressive on some of the putts because the greens are pretty slow. You are never secured if you're in the middle or two inches out from the hole, I think I had four of them coming down the stretch that I thought I had made, they tend to break pretty hard left and right. I left some out there but I'm pleased with the way I am driving the ball. This is the seventh or eighth tournament in three-and-a-half years I have been healthy to play. It has been really tough because [of injuries to] the rib and hip, but I'm starting to get some confidence in my game again these last seven events. There's nothing greater than when you are healthy. When you are hurt you are working around injuries and I haven't been able to practise to get the confidence back."
Woods birdies the 12th and moves to four under. He's comfortably in the chasing pack. McIlroy now at the 15th, he's got a 15 footer for another birdie AND HE'S GOT IT. Let's get this right then, since the ninth he has gone eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-par-birdie-birdie. One word. Brilliant. He's two strokes clear but is walking around as if he's at his local pitch and putt.-8 McIlroy -6 Daly, Coltart, O'Hair -5 Siem, Watney, Wilson, Glover, Mahan
Anon via text:
An American website devised a clever game on a live commentary for the NFL draft, they got everyone who contributed to tell them how much the earnt, and therefore how much money they were wasting the economy whilst following the coverage. Do you think with the amount of people 'working' whilst following the golf, we could double the country's deficit? Four days of wasted work for thousands, says yes."
Kevin, East Sussex via text:
"St Andrews is no longer a good enough test to host the Open in my opinion. Unless the weather is bad, the winner will come in at 20 plus under par - a joke of a score for a major. Some guys are spraying the ball all over the course and not getting punished. All par fives reachable in two and some par fours are driveable even for the shorter hitters. Madness."
Ladies and gentleman, Rory McIlroy leads the Open. He sinks a seven-footer at the par-five 14th to move to seven under. And to think that I mocked a friend who said he'd backed him.
Villegas and Woods batter their drives at the 348-yard 12th... and they reach the green. The group in front, however, are still putting out. Is that good form? Not sure. I've never driven a green in my life.
Morgan in Dubai via text:
"Getting close to the end of the working week here in Dubai, VPN switched on in the office so I can access the golf over 't'internet' as my Lancashire wife calls it. Come on Paddy and the rest of the Irish!"
Gavin via text:
"I'm the boss and hadn't realised until today that we block BBC sport - quick meeting of the management and IT teams methinks. Come on Rory!"
Jon from Dorset via text:
"My office seems to be bucking this trend of golfing prohibition with five screens of glorious HD coverage. Obviously I've had to open the text and live streaming on the computer too, just in case I miss a snippet. I just wish we could have the audio playing over the Tannoy."
Daly taps in for a par at the last. That's a 66 for him. Woods misses a 25-foot birdie putt at 11 and settles for a par. O'Hair dumps his tee shot at 12 into a bunker. We'll soon see what that lie is like. Andrew Coltart ends his opening day with a birdie at the last, his seventh of the day. The Scotsman joins the group on six under.-6 Daly, McIlroy, O'Hair, Coltart -5 Siem, Watney -4 Rock, Senden, McGowan, Immelman, Wilson, Glover, Mahan, Fisher, Jeong, Andersson-Hed
Anon via text:
"Guy in work has just asked me: 'How's that Rory McGolfroy getting on?'. He genuinely thought that was his name..."
Paul Lawrie (-3):
"I was a bit unlucky, it could have been better. I played nicely and to come in with birdies on 16 and 18 is always a good feeling. When you are a first to go it is always a bit nervy, luckily the first fairway is 100 yards wide. I played it quite short."
...and so it passes, Daly misses that putt. We now have a three-way tie for the lead.-6 Daly, McIlroy, O'Hair-5 Siem, Coltart -4 Rock, Senden, Immelman, Watney, Wilson, Glover, Mahan, Jeong
Daly is heavy with his approach to the 17th and the ball settles on the little red path at the back of the green. He lifts it up onto the green but he has a tricky putt for par. "For someone with an imaginative short game, that really wasn't very good," says BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss. By the way, could you manually refresh this page for me - just so you can get the different leaderboard options at the top of this page. Lovely.
Scott from Kent via text:
"Great conditions today for scores. Seeing some excellent golf and not doing an ounce of work. Ssssshhhh....! Woods seems to be nice and relaxed as well."Don't worry, I won't tell anyone.
Sam, London via text:
"Doing my work experience at an office where BBC Sport is blocked! Having to go into the toilet far too often to use my phone for updates from live text. They must be starting to think I have serious toilet problems!"
Woods was lucky with that drive. It misses out on the thick stuff and he can get on the green. He sinks the long putt for a birdie and he joins the group on three under. Tiger is in a handy position.
I know he is leading but Daly will feel he could be even further in front. A 10-foot birdie putt at 16 brushes the edge of the hole. So close. To my reckoning that's three or four shots he's left out there. Wonderful stuff from McIlroy, he makes that three birdies in a row with a three at the 12th. He's one behind Daly.
-7 Daly -6 McIlroy, O'Hair-5 Siem, Coltart -4 Rock, Senden, Immelman, Watney, Wilson, Jeong-3 Lawrie, Marino, Dyson, McGowan, Moore, Glover, Mahan, Fisher
Woods takes his big stick out at the ninth. He hooks it and is nowhere near the fairway. Didn't see what the lie is though. Villegas almost drives the green at the same hole. It's 352 yards long. O'Hair continues his electric start with a birdie at the ninth, he's now one off Daly. Siem, playing his first Open, has finished for the day and is in the clubhouse with a five under 67.
Birdies everywhere. Woods drains a long birdie putt at the seventh to move to two under while Poulter birdies the ninth to move to the same total. To be honest, England's world number eight is quite reserved today, with a pink sun visor, pink and white shoes but dark purple jumper and black slacks. It's actually quite a nice get up. Hang on,
taps in a tiddler for a birdie at the 11th. That's eagle-birdie-birdie for the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland.
-7 Daly -5 Senden, Coltart, McIlroy, O'Hair -4 Siem, Rock, Immelman, Watney, Wilson -3 Lawrie, Marino, Dyson, McGowan, Glover, Mahan, Jeong
Four hours and 26 minutes since starting out, doesn't time fly when you are having fun, Paul Lawrie sinks a birdie putt at the last for a three-under 69. Playing partner Steve Marino does the same while Thomas Levet is one over.
Colm from Dublin via text:
"On holiday in Spain, kids in kids club for an hour, wife reading book , thank God for the interweb. Come on Paddies."
Steve, Cherbourg in France via text:
"I'm in my shop in Cherbourg with only live text. Very little golf is shown in France on the national channels as it is thought to be a sport for the bourgeois. They have obviously never seen John Daly's outfits. You would hope this changes if they get the Ryder Cup. Come on Levet, get something going."
Thanks A lot BBC7 on 606:
"Can Miguel Angel Jimenez make it a Spanish year to remember? A fiver e/w on an experienced winner in form cannot be the worst decision at 100/1, can it?"
Rich, Edinburgh via text:
"My colleague just informed me that his superior knowledge of this sport has led him to believe that John 'Not had a top 10 finish since 1995' Daly is gonna win this. Saying that, he thought Argentina would beat Germany in the World Cup. Bless him."
A word of warning for Daly. In 1970, Tony Jacklin was out in 29 in the first round at St Andrews and went to eight under after 10 but came a cropper on the 14th when he hit his second into a gorse bush. He ended up finishing fifth overall. McIlroy follows up that eagle with a birdie at the 10th - he's on four under now. American Sean O'Hair is having an incredible start - he has birdied five of his opening seven holes and is two off Daly.
Harrington at the fifth looks like he is playing with a sledgehammer. He goes way right with his approach but conjures up a fine rescue chip to land the ball near the hole. That's a birdie.
John, Blackpool via text:
"Working in IT, have managed to access live coverage. Yes, I'm naughty and yes, I love it!"
McIlroy on the ninth green AND IT'S AN EAGLE. He's now on three under. Paul Lawrie birdied 14 and 16 and is now on two under. Rose had to settle for a par at the fifth by the way.
-7 Daly -5 Senden -4 Siem, Rock, Dyson, Immelman, Wilson, O'Hair -3 Marino, Coltart, McGowan, Watney, McIlroy
The opening group of the day have now reached the famous 17th Road Hole, which has seen the tee moved back 30 yards. The move will already make a demanding hole even harder and US Open champion Graeme McDowell says the change may
reduce the drama of it.
"I don't think it's bad. Was it necessary? Don't know. I'm going to play it conservatively. It's a TV sport, it's all about people enjoying the game and seeing some drama, but I'm going to lay up."
Blue Hammer, Bangor via text:
"I HATE the civil service internet policy - can't get the live feed on work PC so glued to the live text only! Bah!"
After a long wait, Rose eventually takes his approach to the fifth. It is left but just on the green. It's miles away though.
Paul, Dublin via text:
"As I have no tv or radio at work and a brutally uncompromising internet firewall this is my only lifeline to the Open, and unbelievably, I'm on the edge of my seat! Will Daly birdie again?...Will Padraig recover from that dodgy start?...Will Poulter's trousers meet expectations? Oh my, I need to sit down!"
Jack in Nottingham via text:
"Told my girlfriend she can come to my house and we can watch some telly. What she doesn't know is that she's watching the golf all day."You old romantic, you.
James, obviously very busy at work, via text:
"Well the World Cup has ended which failed to entertain. The Open is hours in and I'm already more glued! My heart says Daley or Tiger. Brain says Mickleson or Rose!"
Unfortunately our feed of holes nine to 11 has had to be taken down for the moment as there are technical issues up in Scotland. Many apologies. Senden drills a birdie putt into the hole at 14, he's now on five under. Rose's drive at the fifth is heading for the bunker but he just misses it.
Siem drops a shot at the par-five 14th and is now on four under. Daly leads by three. Woods went quite left with his approach to the fourth green which left him with a lot of work to do. His monster putt leaves him with a tap in for par. He's still on one under. Steady start.
-7 Daly -4 Siem, Senden, Dyson, McGowan -3 Marino, Rock, Coltart, Immelman, O'Hair
Daly almost drives the 348-yard 12th before delivering an exquisite chip and run that leaves him with a cheeky four-footer for birdie. The putt looks for all the world as if it going in but the ball agonisingly lips out. Cue massive groans in the office.
Cliff in a darkened room in Solihull via text:
"Much as I like the bloke, I hope Daly blows out soon. Had my eyes lasered yesterday and his outfit is not helping my recovery..."It really is a remarkable outfit. Thinking of buying it myself.
Rich in Gerrards Cross via text:
"Are the Harrington backers quickly getting another bet on someone else after that start?!"
David, Edinburgh via text:
"What a great week to be off on paternity leave - introducing my daughter to the spectacle that is the Open - dreaming of one day her caddying on the LPGA circuit! Come on the Brits."
BBC golf commentator Ken Brown:
"There is hardly a breath of wind and the greens are a little softer after some very heavy overnight rain. You will not find St Andrews easier to play."
Kevin, Glasgow via text:
"Who doesn't have a pet badger? I know Craig, and have seen him riding Colin regularly! My cash is on Molinari."
Unbelievable. Daly sinks a six footer for yet another birdie - this time at the 11th. So that's 11 holes - seven birdies. And here's a sentence I did not think I would write today, Daly leads the Open by two shots. It is really dark out there - and the rain is starting to fall quite heavily.
goldwolf on 606:
"I thought they had toughened up the Old Course? At this rate nine under will be leading after round one!"
It's all happening. Daly birdies the 10th, that's his sixth of the day. Words fail me. Scotland's Andrew Coltart birdies the 10th and he's on four under while England's Justin Rose makes it two birdies out of two. Woods, meanwhile, sinks a 12 footer at the second for a birdie three.
-6 Daly -5 Siem -4 Senden, Dyson, Coltart -3 Marino, Rock, McGowan, O'Hair
Harrington smiles but that is a bad start. He doubles the first and is already on the back foot. Watson, who came so agonisingly close last year, opens with a par. It is worth mentioning Daly's outfit by the way, it is almost impossible to describe. Purple and green paisley trousers, light blue jumper and pink polo shirt. You can't miss him.
You know that thing I said about John Daly co-leading the Open? Well, scrub that. He's only leading it! Daly birdies the ninth to move to five under. He's out in 31. Harrington finds the Swilcan Burn with his second shot at the first and has to drop. The ball is very, very close to the edge though. I thought he was going to put it in again. Rose drilled his putt at the first by the way for a birdie.
"Have a good day," says Padraig Harrington as he goes through his warm-up drill on the first tee box. The two-time winner finds the fairway. Five-time Open champion Tom Watson, dressed in brown, also gets under way.
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DALY GETS ANOTHER. Wild Thing gets a birdie two at the eighth and he co-leads the Open after Siem sees his seven-foot par putt drift left at the 11th. Woods, Rose and Villegas all find the dancefloor at the first. We'll now see Woods using that new putter in anger for the first time.
Rose takes a similar club to Woods but it does not go nearly as far. The ball is nicely on the fairway though. Villegas' ball settles close by. And off they go, their adventure begins.
Long iron for Tiger. Someone shouts as the ball flies into the grey sky. Straight down the middle.
Almost time then, Justin Rose, Woods and Camilo Villegas are at the first tee ready for their opening shots of the 2010 Open.
Mark, Ballyclare via text:
"Prediction - leader after round one will be John Daly on six under. However, he'll go backwards after that."
And so it continues, the morning starters have had it good. Siem is now on five under after claiming another shot at the 10th. Brilliant. He leads by two. Australian John Senden is now on three under after a birdie at the ninth.
-5 Siem -3 Daly, Senden -2 Marino, Roberts, Rock, Dyson, Coltart
Just to let you know that live coverage is about to begin on BBC Two and at the top of this page (UK dwellers only). The feed up top and on the Red Button also includes holes nine to 11 and a leaderboard. Tidy.
John via text:
"Just leaving the office in Melbourne, looking forward to the next couple of late nights - just started to recover following the World Cup!"
Grant, Edinburgh via text:
"Who has a pet badger!!!!!!? Lol! Anyway, come on big Sandy Lyle, roll back the years and win!"
Siem reaches the turn in 32, I don't reckon he would dreamed of that last night. Daly is at it again, he birdies the sixth. What. A. Start. Roberts drops back after carding a four at the par-three eighth.
-4 Siem -3 Daly -2 Marino, Roberts, Rock, Senden, Dyson, Coltart
Stuart, Glasgow via text:
"Going up to St Andrews at weekend, watching all this makes me want to pull a sickie and go up tomorrow, even if the weather is a bit grim fandango!"
Former Ryder Cup captain and BBC golf commentator Mark James is on BBC One Breakfast in a very fetching pink and light blue checked shirt. No jacket for him in this rain. Nails. Anyway, here's what he said: "There's not much wind at the moment and that is a huge factor. It's cold but as long as the wind stays down the course is very playable. Tiger Woods, as we know, can win under almost any conditions but I don't like the way he is swinging, his head is still moving around. The British golfers are getting better and there are so many of them. It is wide open for them now."
Craig, Prestwick via text:
"If the legend that is John Daly wins this, I'm willing to strap a saddle on my pet badger Colin and ride him up and down Old Station Road."Craig, we will hold you to that.
Anon via text:
"Re: Tam. I once hit the first and last shots and shot a 69. However it wasn't the Open and there were only eight of us! Still one of the best moments of my life though."
Ian, Kirkintilloch via text:
"I'm heading to the Open for the first time ever this weekend, my money is on Poulter to win his first major and it will all be down to his magical tartan troosers!"I've worked at the last two Opens and I guarantee that you will have a magical time. It really is a special event.
The Rockmeister General (that's Robert Rock to you and me) moves up to two under with a birdie at the seventh. There's some nice scoring early doors.
Mike, Saltaire via text:
"Could you come up with a nice icon for birdies, please? A sparrowhawk perhaps?"I can't believe we haven't got one either, I'll speak to some people.
Joe Phillips, Rugeley via text:
"Tiger Woods will sort his putting out and win at St Andrews for a third time, I fancy Robert Rock to go well this week get a top 10. Mickelson will struggle especially if he thinks he can overpower the Old Course."
Crikey, Siem's on fire. Not literally of course, it's raining out there. Anyway, he birdies the seventh - that's his fourth of the day - to lead on four under by one stroke from Roberts. Australian John Senden birdies five and six to move to two under.-4
The Claret Jug has certainly had some action in the last 12 months in the hands of Stewart Cink, who claimed victory at Turnberry last year by beating Tom Watson in a play-off. He filled it with Guinness (other stout-based drinks are available) while his children have drunk cola out of it. Cink then used it as part of his American Independence Day celebrations which saw the famous old trophy covered in barbecue baste. "I actually had to have barbecue sauce cleaned out of it," he explained. "I thought my buddy had cleaned it out when we were at our celebration but I noticed on the flight over to Dublin that some of it leaked into the case so I investigated and found there was still sauce inside. So I went and cleaned it in Dublin so it was in fit condition when it went back."
Sam via text:
"I'm in St Andrews but working the next four days so this is as close as I'm going to get to any of the actual golf! Backing Chris Wood to have a good run."
Andy via text:
"Watching in Dubai. Only 44 degrees over here! Loving watching that rain..."That's just nasty!
Joe, London via text:
"Morning, any chance of an update on Daly's 'get up' today. The trousers he wore last week were sensational, I think he's going to finish in the top 10 by the way."Morning. I haven't actually seen it yet but apparently it is quite something. Purple paisley swirls is the chat.
The marshals were apparently searching in the rough for Daly's ball at the third only to be told that it was actually in the middle of the fairway. He pars it anyway. Roberts birdies the sixth to join Siem on three under. Sir Nick of Faldo pars the first and bogeys the second. He is the last Englishman to win a major, the 1996 Masters, but he says that drought could soon come to an end. "I would have thought it's a probable now. So it's very possible. Bottom line is the guys are there. It wouldn't surprise me," he said. "I think everybody is learning and everybody is really keen. I think something is going to happen this week."
mihir_h on Twitter:
"Not may people mentioning Mickelson. He has this habit of raising his game in the majors. Watch out for him!!"
A quick reminder that you can catch real moving pictures of the golf on the telly from 0900 BST on BBC Two. Awesome. We also have Red Button coverage, featuring holes nine through 11, starting at the same time. BBC Radio 5 live are also at St Andrews during their Breakfast show while commentary will start at 1000 BST.
Tam via text:
"Just wondering, has anyone ever hit the first shot and the last shot at the open?"No idea. Does anyone have any ideas?
Howard, Hampshire via text:
"Here we are again. the best commentary is right here with me at work all day. Superb. I'll be the first to say it then - Woods to miss the cut. Rose to win. Bring it on!"Massive, massive call. It couldn't happen though could it? Could it?
Anon via text:
"21st birthday, on a train to work, miserable. Only thing that is going to keep me sane is the golf. And that quid I put on Mark O'Meara, who knows why, at 1000/1."
Well isn't this a frantic start? Siem birdies the fifth to move on his own to three under. Levet is one under after bogeying the fourth and then claiming a birdie at the fifth while Lawrie is level par after a bogey at the fourth.
Hold on. What's this? It's only John Daly carding another birdie at the second. Get in there 'Wild Thing'. What price on the 44-year-old repeating his success in 1995 at St Andrews this week?
The rain is falling a little heavier now. I can see the umbrellas going up. Tiger is on the putting green, getting ready for his 0909 BST tee off. Woods is aiming to become the first man to win
three Open titles
at St Andrews following his wins in 2000 and 2005. Here's what he said during the week: "I fell in love with this course when I first came here in 1995. It is such a brilliant course, there is so much to it, with all the strategy needed to deal with the wind. I just love it."
jkynaston on Twitter:
"I'd love to see Justin Rose lift the Claret Jug. He's playing so well at the moment with lots of confidence."
Apparently there's a bit of rain at St Andrews now but crucially the wind is still light. Loren Roberts and Marcel Siem make a move. Roberts birdies the third, Siem birdies the fourth and they are both on two under. Big bad John Daly is out and about and he's BIRDIED THE FIRST. Apparently his outfit is pretty lively today. Surprised? Paisley purple swirls. I can't wait to see pictures of that.
It's hardly surprising that a lot of the build to this year's Open has been concentrated on world number one Tiger Woods. The 14-time major winner was
grilled by the press
during the week with the pack wanting to discuss the scandal in his private life while he was keen to keep his focus on the golf. There has also been a bit of Woods betrayal this week, and no it's not what you think, it's the putter. The
which he has had since 1999 has been dumped. Maybe that decision was prompted by what his caddie Steve Williams thinks about his putting. Williams
"The one part of Tiger's game this year that has been very sub-standard is his putting." 'Tiger' and 'sub-standard' in the same sentence, I've never heard that before.
And the first bogey of the week award goes to... England's Robert Rock, who cards a five at the first. He does birdie the second though. Denmark's Soren Hansen also opens his tournament with a five.
The conditions today are a massive contrast to what has hit the course this week. Wind and rain have disrupted preparations for the tournament and yesterday the Champions Challenge, an event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Open, had
to be cancelled.
How good would it have been to see the likes of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Peter Thomson, Sir Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino back on the Old Course?
Steve, Chislehurst via text:
"Graeme McDowell should be a contender. With the confidence of winning a major and his knowledge of links courses, surely he will be in the running. (Don't call me Shirley)."
Jimbo via text:
"Given the fact that almost every hole is forgiving down the left, I've had a cheeky little each way punt on JB Holmes, big drive, big hook. The new John Daly! And a little dabble on Steve Stricker. All this Tiger fuss is nonsense!"I've been saying Stricker all week, which now means, obviously, that he will miss the cut.
Kevin from India on business via text:
"Have just lumped on to Rory to win in the knowledge of calm conditions. An opening 65 would be great."
Birdie o'clock. I'm getting emotional. It's time to wheel out the graphics. Lawrie and Levet birdie the second as do American Loren Roberts and Germany's Marcel Siem. R&A chief executive Peter Dawson is on BBC Radio 5 live saying tthe conditions could mean that we will see some pretty low scoring this morning.
Mark from Cheadle Hulme via text:
"Surprised no-one has mentioned Miguel Angel Jimenez as an each-way bet this week..."
Stuart, Shrewsbury via text:
"Really fancy an Englishman to win this week but then I said that about the World Cup."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at St Andrews:
"Very still here, not a breath of wind. Ground soggy after overnight deluge. The thick sea mist - the infamous haar - of Thursday evening is gone and the sky is slowly brightening. Paul Lawrie, Thomas Levet and Steve Marino got the party started, all taking rescue clubs off the first (what, they need rescuing already?!). All just short of Swilcan Burn. Suggestion that Levet's was not perfect as he guffaws and grins as he walks off."
Here's a quick reminder as to who will be taking to the Old Course this morning. The ever colourful John Daly, the 1995 champion, goes at 0725 BST while Rory McIlroy, who is the second favourite in some quarters, starts at 0820. Ernie Els tees off with Ian Poulter and defending champ Stewart Cink at 0842 while Justin Rose starts with some bloke called Tiger Woods at 0909.
The opening trio of Lawrie, Thomas Levet and Steve Marino par the opening hole. We will have to wait for the first fireworks of the week then.
Anon via text:
"I've put two each-way punts on the Clark(e) brothers Darren and Tim. One is in form and the other has good putting and fairway stats. What could go wrong?"There's been a lot of chat about Tim Clark this week. One of my colleagues has just informed that he has placed some of his millions on the
Players Championship winner.
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter:
"Not a breath of wind. Paul Lawrie tucks into just one final banana. And with an intro from starter Ivor Robson, nails a hybrid down the first."
We are up and running people. I had just heard the dulcet tones of Open starter Ivor Robson from afar on our telly pictures. It actually looks quite still at the moment at St Andrews which is a bit of a blessing considering the weather that the players have had to contend with so far this week. I've just had one text in so far this morning, it simply says: "Swindon disgrace." I don't think it's for me.
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Morning all and a very warm welcome to the 2010 Open Championship. There's been sunshine and showers here in London this morning but it is dry, yes dry, at St Andrews as Paul Lawrie prepares to hit the first ball of the tournament at 0630 BST. I wonder how much sleep he got last night?
Golf is coming home...