The Open: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods experience debacle on the first day
For the 148th time, the British Open will be held in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Only 100 kilometers away, title favorite Rory McIlroy grew up. However, the first round of the 30-year-old was disastrous: on the first hole he slipped four strokes over Par, a total of four times major champion needed 79 strokes on the par 71 course. The leadership initially took J.B. Holmes with 66 strokes.
Superstar Tiger Woods also made a false start, the American classed with 78 strokes just ahead of McIlroy. European champion Schmid had qualified as the only German for the oldest major tournament and needed 76 strokes.
As a goal, Schmid had set the qualification for the two final rounds, this is quite possible with a performance increase on Friday. Defending champion Francesco Molinari (Italy) struggled to keep up with 74 over three. A terrible day caught former world number one David Duval, who played the worst round at the British Open in 22 years.
The first hole-in-one was won by Argentinean Emiliano Grillo. The 26-year-old sank the ball on the 13th hole (par three) from around 177 meters with the first shot. For the so far last hole-in-one at the British Open, the South African Louis Oosthuizen had taken care of 2016.