Phillip Price admitted he struggled to deal with the blustery conditions at Sandwich on the opening day of the Open.
The Welshman, who finished first and second in his last two European tour tournaments, could only manage a three over par round of 74 on the Royal St George's course.
He dropped a shot at the opening hole, and further bogeys came at the eighth, 13th and 18th holes. A birdie at the par five 14th was the only highlight.
"I just struggled around all day," Price told BBC Sport. "I didn't hit enough good shots and struggled with the conditions.
"I didn't give myself many chances to make birdies."
He added: "I didn't lose any balls, didn't do anything crazy out there, but three over is not great.
"Over the last five holes I played some better shots which makes me feel a little better for tomorrow."
Former Masters winner Ian Woosnam was a shot better than his Welsh compatriot, finishing the opening round on a two over par 73.
Woosnam has an early start on Friday, with a tee time of 0641 BST, but is hopeful of reducing the deficit on the leaders.
"If the wind is down and if I can get off to a decent start, then I can look to first get it back to level par," Woosnam said.
"If I can do that I'll be very happy."
The third Welshman at Sandwich, Bradley Dredge, endured a torrid end to his round, dropping 11 shots on the last nine holes to finish nine over par.