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The Open Championship Round 1

Friday, July 17th, 2009

On Wednesday the talk amongst the players was that if the weather stayed the same would someone finally break 63 in a major. The 63 has been accomplished 23 times but never broken. It wasn’t broken Thursday either but “The Mechanic” Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 64 to lead round 1. In T2 it was Kenichi Koboya and Tom Watson with a pair of 65’s. In T4 it is Steve Stricker, Camilo Villegas, Stewart Cink, John Sneden and Mathew Goggin with 1st round 66’s. At T9 sets Steve Marino, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Boo Weekely, Jim Furyk, Brandon Grace and Mark Calcavecchia all with 67’s to their credit.

Evidently something about Turnberry appeals to Tom Watson because it was at the same course where Watson and Nicklaus had their famed “Duel in the Sun” back in ’77 when Watson closed with 3rd and 4th rounds scores of 65/65 while Nicklaus posted 65/66. Reportedly Nicklaus called Watson to congratulate him upon completion of his round. It’s nice to legends compete on the global stage but even nicer when they are competitive, I must admit that I hadn’t even considered Mr. Watson to be a contender this year. I did have Sneden, Stricker and Marino on my fantasy team this week but I believe I started Sneden on the bench, I may need to rethink that strategy but I’ll wait until the 2nd round scores are posted to decide.

It was good to see Boo and JB Holmes with good 1st round scores. JB shot a 68 although he didn’t make the top 10 he just barely missed it. Tiger struggled with 4 bogeys and 3 birdies to post a 71.

Scottish like weather is in the forecast with colder temps and big wind. The early tee times today could make a big difference provided they get off to a good start. Three players have won back to Open’s those being Harrington, Watson and Trevino, while it is still early it is unlikely Harrington will get his hat trick and win three in a row he just hasn’t been playing that well this year although his 1st round 69 has him in the running.
Sources: Reuters, PGA Tour and The Golf Channel