It felt like we had gone in a time machine back to the mid 2000s when Tiger Woods was winning basically every major that he played in.
"That was inexcusable", he said, describing the error as a lapse in concentration. "At Detroit I had been working on it and it clicked in there and I started hitting it better", Holmes said.
Rory McIlroy doesn't feel like a human shield for the rest of the field this week at Royal Portrush - instead he feels the focus is spread across the field. Koepka has yet to make a bogey, but does have the tough closing stretch to come. Twelve seconds after the three minutes was up we found it. Anyone who's smacked their ball into the woods, used a mulligan, then launched it into the sand, then four-putted at their local links would understand McIlroy's frustration.
"I did have a tear in the eye and I'm kind of embarrassed to say it", McDowell said.
That gave way to frustration at the end of his round. Said he's sore and can't move well and can't shape the ball. 7 and 9 to finish with an eight-over-par 79, tied for his worst in the British Open's first round.
On the leaderboard for so much of his round, he signed for a 73.
But instead the 2014 Open champion and victor of three more majors, inarguably Northern Ireland's most successful sporting son, doesn't feel anything but goodwill. And making it extra special was doing it on Irish soil. He was joined by Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson and Alex Noren, along with another player who might need some introduction. No player in the modern era has placed in the top two in all four majors in a calendar year. He has one career victory since turning pro. He has been runner-up twice and won the PGA Championship this year. Still, it was an impressive debut.
McIlroy missed a six-footer for birdie at the second hole and then sent his tee shot at the par-3 third hole into the rough and carded a bogey.
There's always the question of what this all means for Northern Ireland and its troubled history, but Rory wants everyone to stop worrying and smell the roses. "I was pretty nervous on the first tee and hit a bad shot", he said of his out-of-bounds effort.
Thursday's opening round of the 148th Open at Royal Portrush was a schizophrenic display of Mother Nature. I'm going to go back and see my family, see my friends, and hopefully they don't think any less of me after a performance like that today.
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Sunny spells are expected to return later in the day.
At this point, it's been two hours since Duval finished his first round of the Open Championship.
After taking a penalty drop, McIlroy chipped on to the green. He recorded a quadruple bogey, followed up by a single one on the next hole. I'm no math wizard, but something tells me he won't be shooting a 61. He chipped onto the green but missed a 6-foot putt.
It is not the first time that McIlroy has posted such a high score in a major and, here, PA looks at some of the 30-year-old's previous struggles. Clarke will hit the first ball at the start of the Open Thursday.
He racked up six extra shots over those next six holes, getting only one par along the way. The good news is, one of those came in the 2016 Open at Royal Troon. He escaped with a bogey.
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Phil Mickelson describes the uniqueness of the course at Portrush. More like in four holes.
An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke.
But his physical problems left him with a conundrum that even he couldn't solve on the day - and may be not in the years ahead.
We'll find out if there is any difference in Woods' form tomorrow. It's certainly its most historic, and it brings out the greatest in all those who would dream of hoisting the Claret Jug.