Day 1 Recap
July 18, 2019

British Open 2019: The story of Day 1 at Royal Portrush in 9 (or so) sentences

The first two rounds of the Open Championship are the longest days on the golf calendar. But we decided to keep things short in an effort to cover all the important storylines from Royal Portrush on Thursday. So without further ado, here's what happened on Day 1 in nine (or so) sentences.

1.) Rory McIlroy hit his opening tee shot out of bounds . . . and it got worse from there.

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148th Open Championship - Day One

Antrim , United Kingdom - 18 July 2019; Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland searches for the ball on the 1st hole during Day One of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Photo by: Ramsey Cardy

Ramsey Cardy

A closing triple plus that stunning opening quad equals the closing of his Open chances. So much for that storybook homecoming.

2.) Tiger Woods grimaced on his opening tee shot—his fans grimaced the rest of the day.

148th Open Championship - Day One

148th Open Championship - Day One

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 18: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Photo by: Francois Nel

Francois Nel

At least he (78) nipped Rory (79).

3.) Brooks Koepka did Brooks Koepka things.

148th Open Championship - Day One

148th Open Championship - Day One

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 18: Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts on the 18th green during the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Photo by: Mike Ehrmann

Mike Ehrmann

An opening 68 has him in the mix yet again at a major. Shocker.

4.) Adam Scott did un-Adam Scott things.

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GOLF-OPEN-BRITAIN

Australia's Adam Scott prepares to putt at the 18th hole during the first round of the British Open golf Championships at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 18, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by: GLYN KIRK

GLYN KIRK

A popular pre-tournament pick and bet (sigh) thanks to recent major success and British Open history, Scott shot his worst Open score (78) in 16 years.

5.) Northern Ireland is in the spotlight, but Spain planted its flag on the leader board.

148th Open Championship - Day One

148th Open Championship - Day One

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 18: Jon Rahm of Spain tees off the 12th during the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Photo by: Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia both shot opening 68s. Brace yourself for a lot of Seve references on Friday.

6.) A bunch of geezers held their own.

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Darren Clarke acknowledges the crowd as he makes a birdie on the first hole during the first round of the 2019 Open Championship.

Photo by: Jan Kruger/R&A

Jan Kruger/R&A

Shout-out to Lee Westwood (68), Darren Clarke (70) and Ernie Els (71). By the way, those were their Thursday scores, not their ages.

7.) There were no rules controversies, but the presence of in-course OB raised fans curiosity.

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It wouldn't be an Open without white stakes in odd places.

8.) David Duval held up the proceedings with a 13 14 (Adjusted after the round because everyone lost count).

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PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 18: David Duval of the United States signals right after his tee shot on the seventeenth hole during the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: Richard Heathcote/R&A

Richard Heathcote/R&A

He went through an entire sleeve of golf balls (Nike Tour Accuracies?) off the tee on No. 7 and wound up shooting 91. And now he has to deal with Brandel Chamblee busting his chops on the air. Rough.

9.) Oh, yeah, J.B. Holmes is your leader.

148th Open Championship - Day One

148th Open Championship - Day One

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 18: J.B. Holmes of the United States speaks at a press conference as the leader at the end of the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kate McShane/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: Kate McShane/R&A

Kate McShane/R&A

Sorry, J.B., we see you over there. Nice 66.


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