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British Open 2018: The best photos from Thursday at Carnoustie

July 19, 2018
ANGUS, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Fans watch play near the 11th hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Angus, Scotland. (Photo by Stan Badz/R&A/R&A/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

For one day at least, Carnoustie fell short of its reputation as the most unforgiving test on the Open rota. Which is not to say it was easy—ask Brooks Koepka—but judging by these images from the first round, the feared course occasionally bordered on pleasant. Among some of our favorites:

147th Open Championship - Round One

Stan Badz/R&A

147th Open Championship - Round One

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GLYN KIRK

147th Open Championship - Round One

Stuart Franklin

147th Open Championship - Round One

Andrew Redington

147th Open Championship - Round One

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147th Open Championship - Round One

Jan Kruger/R&A

147th Open Championship - Round One

Matthew Lewis/R&A

147th Open Championship - Round One

Harry How

147th Open Championship - Round One

Harry How