Day one at Carnoustie played the way most thought… fast and firm. But, the players didn’t have to deal with weather that could derail a good round.
We take a look at the Birdies and Bogeys.
Tony Finau -4 (T2) – Finau has had six top 10 finishes this year including a 10th place finish in The Masters and a 5th place finish at the US Open.
On a day like today, GIR was a key stat and Finau didn’t disappoint. He finished 7th in Greens in Regulation and had a solid 29 putts.
Kevin Kisner -5 (1) – This is an easy one. After an early bogey, Kisner kept a clean card with an eagle and four birdies. The flat stick was the key to his success. His 22 putts was the best of the day, three better than the nearest competitor.
Rory McIlroy -2 (T8) – Rory’s 3 birdie-1 bogey day was a welcomed sight for the four time major champion. When he’s struggled you can point to his performance off the tee. Today, we saw more of that. Rory hit 4 of 15 fairways but he managed the course well and posted an impressive round.
Jordan Spieth +1 (T50) – Through the first 11 holes, Spieth looked like The Open’s defending champion. He was -3 with a clean card. Then things fell apart a bit. In three of the last four holes, he had a double bogey and two bogeys.
There’s no reason why he would miss the cut so he’ll play the weekend. But, after a strong start, it was a disappointing finish.
Tommy Fleetwood +1 (T50) – Fleetwood has the course record (63) but it didn’t help him today. He finished with two birdies and three bogeys. Fleetwood’s 32 putts (T96) wasn’t the only source of his struggles. He was T105th in Fairways Hit.
Phil Mickelson +2 (T72) – On the bright side, Mickelson didn’t have any penalties today. But, he hasn’t finished well at either one of the majors this year. His finishes are T36 (The Masters) and T48 (US Open).
He finished two over par and will flirt with the cut line if he doesn’t get off to a good start tomorrow.