Notable Notes: McIlroy, Thomas, Rahm only three back
Kevin Kisner leads after a 5-under 66 in Round 1 at The Open, but he's got plenty of company near the top of the leaderboard. Here are some notable notes from Thursday at Carnoustie.
It’s a bunched leaderboard behind Kisner: Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Zach Johnson were among a group of 10 players at 2 under par, three strokes back. Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren were among 15 players at 1 under par and four strokes behind.
Koepka makes a nice comeback: The two-time U.S. Open champion opened with a disastrous 41 on the front, but he made five birdies and a bogey on the back for a 31 coming home and a 1-over 72. "I'm not one to give up. I'm not one to get pissed off and feel sorry for myself," Koepka said. "I feel like I played well ... You've just got to keep plugging away, and hopefully some good stuff happens."
DJ finishes with a triple: World No. 1 Dustin Johnson was among the marquee players who got off to a rough start in Round 1. Johnson tripled 18 for a 5-over 76, tying the worst first round score by a sitting world No. 1 in The Open. Phil Mickelson (73), Paul Casey (73), Patrick Reed (75), Bubba Watson (75) and Sergio Garcia (75) will have plenty of work to do on Friday to make the cut.
Finau back in major hunt: Tony Finau tied for 10th at the Masters, and he was in contention at the U.S. Open before a poor finish left him in fifth place. And after making eight birdies and four bogeys on Thursday, Finau is only one off the lead at The Open. Like Masters champion Patrick Reed, Finau's key to playing well recently in majors is trying not to put too much pressure on himself. "Guys seem to put a lot of emphasis on these type of events, and rightfully so, they're majors," Finau said. "But I try not to look at them too different. There's a lot of hype involved in all these tournaments ... I just try to enjoy these moments and especially this type of golf."
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