After an eventful first round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, there is a surprising name atop the leaderboard in J.B. Holmes. The American leads in a major championship for the first in 11 years here at -5, and despite that has got to be considered an outsider to take home the Claret Jug come Sunday.
Still yet, his 66 in tough conditions was excellent, and in links golf you just never, ever know. The big stories of Thursday’s opening round centered around much higher scores. Rory McIlroy’s awful quadruple bogey to begin play was bad, but former Open champion David Duvall made a 14 on one hole on the way to a 91. Tiger Woods had a rotten day, though not nearly that bad, by shooting a 78 and looking well and truly lost currently. Irishman Shane Lowry is in solo second at -4, while a host of players finished at -3, including Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, and Tommy Fleetwood.