Six of the best from Scotland
Colin Montgomerie hits the opening shot at The 145th Open but he is by no means the only Scottish player competing in front of his home fans at Royal Troon.
The former Ryder Cup captain sets the ball rolling at 6.35am as part of a stellar opening group also featuring England’s Luke Donald and Australia’s Marc Leishman. Around half an hour later he is followed at 7.08am by 1985 Champion Golfer of the Year and former Masters Champion, Sandy Lyle, who plays alongside David Duval, who won The Open in 2000, and Scott Gregory, winner of The Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl in Wales earlier this year.
Richie Ramsay is the next Scot on the tee at 7.19am, in a group also including New Zealand’s Danny Lee and America’s Harris English. Fellow Aberdonian, Paul Lawrie, who triumphed at Carnoustie in 1999 to win The Open, tees off at 8.14am, is accompanied by another American, Brandt Snedeker, and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, winner of the recent 100th French Open.
Later in the day, two other Scots, Russell Knox and Marc Warren, will set out for their first rounds in this year’s Championship. The American-based Knox, who originally hails from Inverness, plays at 2.04pm in what is bound to be a popular group also featuring German Ryder Cup player, Martin Kaymer, and American Dustin Johnson, who is bidding for a hat-trick of victories after winning on his last two starts at the US Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
The last of six Scots to start his first round in this year’s Championship is Marc Warren, a three-time European Tour winner from Rutherglen, who starts at 2.37pm together with popular Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and American Ryder Cup player, Jason Duffner.