Woods even, Kisner leads after first day at British Open

Woods even, Kisner leads after first day at British Open

Woods even, Kisner leads after first day at British Open

Written by Reuters

20 Jul, 2018 | 11:09 am

REUTERS – Kevin Kisner put a mediocre links record aside and surged to the first-round lead with a five-under-par 66 at the British Open at a fiery fast and baked-out Carnoustie on Thursday (July 19).

On a day when some of the game’s less famous outplayed the big names, Kisner earned a one-stroke lead over long-hitting fellow American Tony Finau and South Africans Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard.

Players were greeted by the most parched fairways in recent times, a straw-colored hue perhaps even drier than at 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool.

Late starter Tiger Woods, who shot even-par 71, was among those who had to deal with a breeze that finally freshened long after most players were safely tucking into their evening fish and chips.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth was not a model of accuracy, and it finally caught up with the Texan as he dropped four shots in the final four holes for a 72.

Van Rooyen showed few nerves in his first round in a major championship.

Van Rooyen, ranked 144th in the world, led the Irish Open by four strokes heading into the final round two weeks ago, before fading to finish equal fourth.


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