An early illustration of the importance of finding the fairway at the Open. Brooks Koepka lashes his opening tee shot into deep rough down the right of 1, and does extremely well to gouge out and find the back of the green. The young South African left-hander Garrick Higgo, making his Open debut, also whistles his tee shot into the rough, and can only find bunker with his second. But the third member of the group, Jason Kokrak, splits the fairway, then nearly spins his second in for eagle. He’ll tap in for birdie.
We’ve got a lovely day for it. Richard Bland had the honour of hitting the opening tee shot at gloriously sunny Sandwich, but it was his playing partner and compatriot Andy Sullivan who made the first birdie of the week. The 34-year-old Englishman followed up birdie at 1 with another at 4, and he’s the first man to hit the front this week.
Good morning everyone, and welcome to the first day of the 149th Open Championship. It’s been two years since Shane Lowry won at Portrush; it’s been too long. So let’s not hang about. Here’s when everyone’s teeing it up on the Kent coast today. We’ll get right up to speed before you know it. (Players are GB & Ireland unless stated, all times BST, -a- denotes amateurs)
06.35 Marcus Armitage, Richard Bland, Andy Sullivan 06.46 Justin Harding (Rsa), Chan Kim (USA), Haotong Li (Chn) 06.57 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), -a- Abel Gallegos (Arg), Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 07.08 Richard Mansell, Alexander Noren (Swe), J. C. Ritchie (Rsa) 07.19 Dean Burmester (Rsa), -a- Laird Shepherd, Danny Willett 07.30 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Sam Horsfield, Min-Woo Lee (Aus) 07.41 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Ryan Palmer (USA), Thomas Detry (Bel) 07.52 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Paul Casey, Ian Poulter 08.03 Garrick Higgo (Rsa), Brooks Koepka (USA), Jason Kokrak (USA) 08.14 Daniel Berger (USA), Joel Dahmen (USA), Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 08.25 Darren Clarke, -a- Joe Long, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 08.36 Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Chris Kirk (USA), Jack Senior 08.47 Talor Gooch (USA), Chengtsung Pan (Tai), Jonathan Thomson 09.03 Ernie Els (Rsa), -a- Cole Hammer (USA), Gary Woodland (USA) 09.14 Sam Burns (USA), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Lucas Herbert (Aus) 09.25 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Branden Grace (Rsa), Jordan Spieth (USA) 09.36 Brian Harman (USA), Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 09.47 Guido Migliozzi (Ita), Victor Perez (Fra), Kevin Streelman (USA) 09.58 Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Jon Rahm (Spa) 10.09 Stewart Cink (USA), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Lee Westwood 10.20 Dustin Johnson (USA), Justin Rose, Will Zalatoris (USA) 10.31 Sergio Garcia (Spa), -a- Yuxin Lin (Chn), Scottie Scheffler (USA) 10.42 Harris English (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) 10.53 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Lucas Glover (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA) 11.04 Takumi Kanaya (Jpn), Marcel Schneider (Ger), Cameron Tringale (USA) 11.15 Lanto Griffin (USA), Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn), Connor Worsdall 11.36 Daniel Croft, Aaron Rai, Paul Waring 11.47 -a- Christoffer Bring (Den), Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Daniel van Tonder (Rsa) 11.58 -a- Matthias Schmid (Ger), Brendan Steele (USA), Harold Varner III (USA) 12.09 Jaco Ahlers (Rsa), Troy Merritt (USA), Adam Long (USA) 12.20 Jason Day (Aus), Joost Luiten (Ned), Johannes Veerman (USA) 12.31 John Catlin (USA), Romain Langasque (Fra), Aaron Pike (Aus) 12.42 Sam Forgan, Padraig Harrington, Brad Kennedy (Aus) 12.53 Tony Finau (USA), Adam Hadwin (Can), Billy Horschel (USA) 13.04 Patrick Cantlay (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ryan Fox (Nzl) 13.15 Marc Leishman (Aus), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Matt Wallace 13.26 Corey Conners (Can), Collin Morikawa (USA), Sebastian Munoz (Col) 13.37 -a- Sam Bairstow, Keith Mitchell (USA), Jason Scrivener (Aus) 13.48 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Charley Hoffman (USA) 14.04 Keegan Bradley (USA), Rafael Cabrera (Spa), Richard T. Lee (Can) 14.15 Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Matthias Schwab (Aut), Brendon Todd (USA) 14.26 Russell Henley (USA), Shaun Norris (Rsa), Webb Simpson (USA) 14.37 Daniel Hillier (Nzl), Matt Jones (Aus), Marcel Siem (Ger) 14.48 Tyrrell Hatton, Kevin Kisner (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA) 14.59 Rickie Fowler (USA), Robert MacIntyre, Xander Schauffele (USA) 15.10 Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott (Aus), Justin Thomas (USA) 15.21 Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed (USA), Cameron Smith (Aus) 15.32 Max Homa (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA), Henrik Stenson (Swe) 15.43 Ben Hutchinson, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn), Antoine Rozner (Fra) 15.54 Kurt Kitayama (USA), Deyen Lawson (Aus), Poom Saksansin (Tha) 16.05 Ricardo Celia (Col), Yuki Inamori (Jpn), Jimmy Walker (USA) 16.16 Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Ryutaro Nagano (Jpn), Nicholas Poppleton