The Open. Kevin Kisner Leads On Day 1.

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Kevin Kisner, USA, leads the 147th Open Championship on day 1 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

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Kevin carded a first round -5 under par 66 to lead the 147th Open Championship by one shot at Carnoustie;

Kevin needed just 22 putts on the greens today, and thinks if his putter keeps working like that he can win the title;

“The golf course is great for me. The conditions have been fine. Going forward, you never know what you’re going to have in Scotland.” 

“I know the rain is coming in tomorrow. I don’t think the rain is going to affect how the golf course is playing in one day, but I have to just keep doing what I’m doing.” 

“If I have 22 putts the next three days, I bet I’ll have a pretty good shot.”

“I think I only hit four drivers all day, maybe five. I just want the ball on the fairway because it’s not an overly long golf course.” 

“Maybe five iron was the longest. I hit a hybrid into 12. You’re not going to have that many long clubs into the hole.” 

“If I can keep it on the fairway, I feel like I can control my golf ball around the green. The greens are calm, and around the greens are flat.” 

“I feel like any time I’m around the green I’m going to make four or par at the worst. So that’s been my game plan.”

Three golfers are then tied in second place at -4 under par, Eric Van Rooyen, South Africa, Tony Finau, USA, who threw in four bogey’s and eight birdies in his eventful round, and Zander Lombard from South Africa.

Rory McIlroy is in the large group at -2 under par, Tiger Woods carded even par 71, Jordan Spieth +1 over 72, while Phil Mickelson with +2 over 73 took 34 putts, but said he played well;

“I just doubled sixteen, I hit a bad shot and doubled.”

“Otherwise, I played pretty well.”

Jordan explained his mistakes like this;

“What I would consider a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are, and I just had a brain fart.”

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