Low scores abound in the first round at St. Andrews. Currently there are 70 players under par. A tie for the lowest round in a major championship by Rory McIlroy was posted, 63. He hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. For once I made a good fantasy pick with Rory.
Tiger Woods is in the clubhouse with a 67 as well as Sean O’Hair (also on my fantasy team). A note on Tiger: He has left his Scotty Cameron putter in the garage this week and switched to a new Nike Method putter. I guess he read my Nike Method Putter review and decided to make the switch.
John (freaking) Daly posted a 66! There’s something about JD’s and links golf which just works. All that raw talent seems to jive with links style golf. John adjusted his driver down a degree and a half and that seems to be working.
Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood are just starting their rounds and are at even par after two and four holes prespectively.
Many more rounds to go but low scores are the news. Any players who haven’t posted rounds under par have missed out on a big opportunity today.
This is the 3rd part of a three part hole by hole guide of The Old Course at St. Andrews by my good friend and Old Course caddy John Boyne (Boynie). Part one is here and part two is here. My St. Andrews photo gallery (most of which were taken by Boynie) is here. This piece covers the final six holes of The Old Course, and how a professional golfer should fare. Many thanks to Boynie for this great resource. ~Tony Korologos
13th, Hole O’ Cross (In), 465 yards, Par4
Now the golf course begins. This magnificent par four plays as the second most difficult hole on the course after the 17th Road Hole not only during the Championship but also day to day.
139th Open Golf Championship
Thursday 7/15 4:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET ESPN
Friday 7/16 4:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET ESPN
Saturday 7/17 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET ESPN
Sunday 7/18 6:00 AM – 1:30 PM ET ESPN
(Oh no! The Open is on ESPN. Please please please NO CHRIS BERMAN ANNOUNCING!)
Thursday 7/15 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET GOLF
Friday 7/16 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 7/17 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 7/18 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET GOLF
Thursday 7/15 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET GOLF
Friday 7/16 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 7/17 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 7/18 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET GOLF
Note: This is part two of a three part series. Old Course caddy and friend John Boyne (Boynie) walks us through every shot on every hole at St. Andrews. What a treat! ~Tony Korologos
7th, High (Out), 371 yards, Par4
One of The Old Course’s quirky holes the 7th fairway criss-crosses with the tee shot for the par 3 11th with which it shares the green. Generally a lot of confusion abounds here with players waiting for others to putt out on the par 3 before they hit their approach shot to the same green. This can be the beginning of the reason why the round, of just 18 holes, will take close to six hours! Unbelievable.
Note: This is the first of a 3-part walk through of The Old Course at St. Andrews by my good friend and Old Course caddy John Boyne (Boynie). I asked John to give us these hole by hole descriptions for this week’s British Open and he kindly obliged because, well, he’s a hell of a good guy. Tomorrow I’ll post part two, and Wednesday will be part three. Many thanks to Boynie for doing this special piece just for Hooked On Golf Blog and The Golf Space ~Tony Korologos
The descriptions for the holes that I summarise on the Old Course at St. Andrews will be as if the golfer has found the perfect day for golf on the links – no wind!
1st, Burn, 376 yards, Par4
Should be a relatively straight forward par 4 with the tee shot heading down the widest fairway in golf – 143 yds across the walkway Granny Clarks Wynd – No excuses for missing it really!