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Last year’s Open Champion Phil Mickelson failed to pick up where he left off, posting a two-over-par round of 74. Mickelson failed to take advantage of the par-5s which have served many golfers so well throughout the day, going round them in even par.
Playing alongside Mickelson was two-time Open Champion Ernie Els who never recovered from his four-putt at the 1st. Els found himself seven-over-par through the first seven holes but steadied the ship to post a round of 79.
Graeme McDowell was unable to replicate the performance that saw him lead after the first round of the 2006 Open as he posted a two-over-par 74 with a back nine containing a double bogey at the par-5 10th.
Yoshinobu Tsukada followed in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Hideki Matsuyama and Koumei Oda to card a 69 thanks to back-to-back birdies at the 4th and 5th and again at the 13th and 14th, whilst three-time Open Champion Nick Faldo, after a bogey-less first six holes, slipped to post a round of four-over-par.
Rory McIlroy has taken the clubhouse lead after posting a round of 66. Six birdies – three on the front and back nine – were enough for the Ulsterman to surpass Matteo Manassero at the top of the leaderboard.
The Italian shot a five-under-par round of 67, while Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are tied 3rd with Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk and Brooks Koepka on four-under. Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods both came in at three-under-par and are currently tied 8th.
Robert Karlsson posted a 69 to take the early clubhouse lead before being joined by Marc Leishman and Koumei Oda at the top of the leaderboard. The Swede was first onto the course with David Howell and David Duval and completed the back nine in four-under-par.
Mild conditions led to more low scores and Edoardo Molinari and Brooks Koepka posted rounds of four-under-par to take the lead. However, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie found birdies much harder to come by and finished seven-over-par.
England’s David Howell got the 143rd Open Championship started under a bright blue sky earlier this morning at Royal Liverpool.
At exactly 6.25 am the 39 year-old Englishman fired a long iron into the right rough to begin four days of intense competition to reveal the next winner of the Claret Jug.
The former BMW PGA Champion went on to drop a shot at the 458-yard par-4 opening hole but there was better luck for his playing partners Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and America’s David Duval who both opened with pars.
The action is due to continue until after 9.00 tonight when the last group comprising Christopher Rodgers, Scott Jamieson and Byeong Hun An will complete their rounds on the 18th hole of the venerable Hoylake links. Altogether 156 of the world’s best golfers are in action with Phil Mickelson starting the defence of his title at 2.05 pm in the company of 2012 champion Ernie Els and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson.
Tiger Woods is one of the earlier starters at 9.04 am in the company of Angel Cabrera and Henrik Stenson. TheOpen.com will bring you all the action as it unfolds throughout the day.