An hour into his round the first of the rain arrived to increase the difficulty level at Royal Portrush, hosting its first Open since 1951. Looking for inspiration, Co. Then he tried to hit a 230-yard shot into the green with a long iron only to clatter it into a bank and see it go 20 yards.
Where: Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland). That was a record which he set as a 16-year-old.
Playing with pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy, of the United Kingdom, and fellow-Englishman Paul Casey, Woodland more than held his own in his group.
"I didn't do much out there", he admitted. "But for that round, I do. I peaked at Augusta well, and hopefully I can peak a few more times this year". I did not care what the score was, I just wanted the course record and I got it with two birdies on the last two holes. But I feel I'm doing a good job of learning'. I had that cockiness and thought this was what I was supposed to do.
"I'm just not moving as well as I'd like. It was a defining moment for me because the wider golf world took notice". His last major tournament win came in April when he won the Masters, and before that, his last major championship came in 2008 when he won the US Open. It's certainly its most historic, and it brings out the greatest in all those who would dream of hoisting the Claret Jug.
"That's pretty cool", Fox said.
"I just practice before the majors", Koepka said. "We all know that this country sometimes needs that", said the world No. 3. "I tried to hack it out back to the fairway, but it didn't come out of the lie". "The golf course is fast enough, even if you don't have the speed to carry the ball". "Everything was left-to-right. And wasn't hitting very solidly", Woods told reporters. Holmes' lead in the first Open to be played in Northern Ireland in 68 years. He hasn't competed since June 16 at the U.S. Open, and has only 10 rounds under his belt since his victory in the Masters.
The citizens of Northern Ireland aren't the only ones ecstatic for The Open's return. Bombs were going off quite frequently.
"People have been incredible and the receptions out there were really a lot of fun". It was beyond the realms of possibility. It's been an incredible journey to get here.
"Will there be tears? No".
"I'm from Northern Ireland and I'm playing at home, but I don't see myself as that centre of attention, I guess". For his 10th birthday, McIlroy played the course for the first time with his father, Gerry. So maybe a little more so today than other places.
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