Inside the ropes - Woods confident after promising first round
Kevin Kisner may lead The Open overnight but he has plenty of top-level players nipping at his heels after the first round.
Tiger Woods headlined the afternoon starters and sits five shots back, while Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are all within striking distance.
Here’s the best quotes from the afternoon.
Tiger Woods had a huge gallery watching him and he did not disappoint with a solid level-par round that leaves him firmly in contention:
“I played better than what the score indicates because I had -- I had two 8 irons into both par 5s today, and I end up with par on both of those.
“If I just clean up those two holes and play them the way I'm supposed to play them with 8 iron in my hand, I think I'd probably have the best round in the afternoon wave.
“I haven't played this championship for a few years now, and I've always loved playing over here. This is -- to me, this is where I got introduced to links golf.
“I played here in '95, and then follow that up with St. Andrews. That was my introduction to links golf. It doesn't get much better than that.”
Russell Knox played alongside Woods today and admits that had an impact on his performance:
“I think it's a little different knowing who you're playing with. I think he's the best golfer of all time. He's definitely the person I looked up to. So getting to play with him is pretty unique.
“I wanted to chat with him a little bit. Obviously, Hideki [Matsuyama] is not the easiest person to talk to with the language barrier. So I was like, yeah, I'm out here with Tiger for five hours, might as well talk to him.”
Jordan Spieth produced a masterful front nine and turned at three-under, but some fatal errors meant he finished at +1.
“It felt like a missed opportunity. I felt like I was really going well.
“I had a nice par save after driving it in the bunker at six but other than that, it was very stress-free.
“I was putting the ball where I needed to, having maybe no more than seven feet for par on every hole. It was just a clean round of golf.
“I hit my driver really well and hit my short irons and putted pretty well but those long irons just didn't quite hold up, and it really hurt me. However, I know what I need to work on.”
Rickie Fowler is many people’s tip to win this week and he is happy with his first round, which leaves him one-under.
“It was fun. With the wind not being much of a factor today, it was good to go on the fairway and go after it. If you missed a shot, deal with it.
“Whether it was a penalty or not depending on the lie or bunker or whatever, it was a good, fun day. Keep moving forward.”
US Open champion Brooks Koepka had a rollercoaster round, lying five-over at the turn, but salvaged a 72 for one-over.
“I played really well. Even that five-hole stretch I had, I felt like I played really well. Sometimes links golf just isn't the most rewarding on good shots.
“But I played well. Obviously, I felt like I played better than a 72, but I'll take it with that.”
Justin Rose played alongside Spieth and also struggled throughout, carding 72 for one-over after birdieing the last.
“That was a nice way to finish. Certainly less work to do the remainder of the week. Feel like it's a start.
“Obviously, not great. It was an opportunity to play well and score out there today. I felt like there were a couple of moments in the round where I had some momentum.”
Rory McIlroy attacked Carnoustie and got his reward with a solid two-under round of 69.
“Even if you play aggressive around here, you might make more bogeys than playing it safe, but you're going to make more birdies as well.
“You're going to give yourself more birdie looks. I didn't -- really after the 5th hole, I didn't look like making bogey until 16 when I missed the green.
“So even though I was in -- obviously, I got away with some tee shots, but at the same time, I think that's what I have to do.
“That's my game plan this week. I'm convinced that that's the way that I should play it.”
Amateur Sam Locke is making his Open debut this week but you couldn’t tell during his one-over 72.
"This is my first big pro event I've played in, and this is as good as it gets. To do that on your first event, I felt like I dealt with it quite well.
“Especially early on. I stayed quite solid. Yeah, I was quite nervous. Maybe I didn't show it on the first tee, but it was fun.”
2016 Champion Golfer Henrik Stenson can be pleased with his day’s work after a steady 70 to enter the clubhouse at one-under:
“I'm happy with a fighting performance. I made three really good scrambling pars coming in 16, 17, 18, and made an up-and-down for birdie on 14.
“I made a long birdie putt on 15. I was two-under the last five holes, and that by far is the best I could have ever been given how I played coming in.”
Jhonattan Vegas had the journey from hell to get to Carnoustie after his visa expired. He made it just in time, but would not want to repeat it:
“I probably slept two hours on the flight. One flight. So I left Houston, and it was 10:00 a.m. there, so 4:00 here on Wednesday afternoon local time.
“So it took over 14 hours to get here, and I had two hours sleep. So not ideal. I don't recommend it for sure.”
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