British OpenJuly 16, 2015

Is today the day we see someone break the major championship scoring record?

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- On our Thursday morning walk to the course, longtime golf writer -- and even longer time Scot -- John Huggan paused and noted the light easterly wind blowing. "There are going to be a lot of low scores going out."

He was correct.

The 144th Open Championship is underway and the entire field seems like it's already under par. In the first group, Greg Owen went out in three-under-par 33. Not bad, but it didn't even match his playing partner, Thomas Bjorn, who opened his Open with a 32. Again, this is just the first group out.

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In the fourth game out, David Lingmerth began by birdieing his first four holes. Somehow the recent Memorial winner only managed par on the par-5 fifth, but he responded with two more birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 and another on 9 to tie a course record with a front-nine 29. Don't lose your David Lingmerth betting slips!

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In case you're wondering, the low score ever shot at an Open at St. Andrews is a 63 by Rory McIlroy in 2010 and Paul Broadhurst in 1990. In fact, the low score in any major championship is 63, which has been done 26 times with the last time coming by Jason Dufner at the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

That could change today. St. Andrews' biggest defense is the wind and with this relatively easy breeze, the Old Course is there for the taking for the modern tour pros. Of course, the back nine will play into the wind, but again, it shouldn't be too bad, especially with a softer-than-usual St. Andrews.

Much tougher conditions are expected for Friday's second round, but for now, the sun is out and players are lighting up the leader board. Time to get it while you can.

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