J.B. Holmes of the USA leads the 148th event of The Open after round one at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
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J.B. shot a first round -5 under par 66 to lead The Open by one stroke at Royal Portrush Gold Club;
“I was very confident going in, I felt like I was hitting it really well. I felt like we had a good plan, good line on the golf course.”
“You don’t expect to shoot that but I’m not surprised.”
“Every time you play in an Open, you’re going to have unique conditions where it’s going to be windy and more than likely rainy. You just have to accept those conditions and the more you can do that and just try to play one shot at a time, that’s really kind of the secret.”
“Try not to get too aggressive because it is so windy you can’t always have complete control over your ball.”
“It’s a unique experience every time you get to come over here.”
Keeping the Irish happy was Shane Lowry, sitting in second place at -4 under par, Shane erroneously refers to the competition as the British Open;
“It’s the British Open, it’s in Ireland, I’m playing well, I feel like I should come up and do well.”
13 players are then tied in third spot at -3 under par following first rounds of 68.
Two casualties of the first round were Rory, +8 over and Tiger at +7, they are unlikely to make the cut.