There were some good scores to be had during the morning of the first round of the 2012 Open Championship. Australian Adam Scott led the way with a 6-under par round of 64. After making a bogey at number three, Scott recorded eight birdies on his next 13 holes. Scott had a chance to break the scoring record for any round at a major championship but his errant tee shot on 18 cost him. Scott would go on to make a bogey on the last hole for his 64. Other players posting low scores during the morning were Paul Lawrie, Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods came out of the blocks strong. The three-time champion birdied four of the first seven holes. By the time most of America was waking up Woods had done all of his damage. A single bogey at 15 dropped Woods to 3-under par where he finished.
One of the television commentators made mention of the fact that Adam Scott was leading the Open Championship with Tiger Woods' old swing and with Woods' former caddie. After thinking about that for a moment, I decided that even if I had Babe Ruth's swing and Michael Jordan's caddie I would be happy to lead the Open. If I had Charles Barkley's swing and Michael Jordan on the bag I would still be all smiles were I holding the first round lead!
Phil Mickelson had little to smile about after another rough day in the first round of a golf tournament. Coming to the tee box at number seven, the easiest hole on the course in the first round, Mickelson was 1-under par. After a double bogey he walked off the green 1-over par. He followed that up with bogeys at eight and nine and that is how you shoot 73 in the first round of the Open Championship. The crazy thing is, if Mickelson were not so immensely talented, it could have easily been a round in the mid to upper 70s.
Here is one last observation on round one. Five-time open champion Tom Watson recorded a 1-over par 71. If Watson had not bogeyed two of his last three holes he could have finished at 1-one under. This would have given him an excellent chance to get right into the thick of things for the weekend.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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