The last major championship of the year kicked off on Thursday morning, and Viktor Hovland perhaps had the worst day out on the course at Royal Liverpool.
It didn't have anything to do with his score or his golf game, however. He was just incredibly unlucky.
Incredible accuracy in swirling wind at Royal Liverpool. Seagull has a real future in this game. pic.twitter.com/C8X7OiGDVD
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) July 20, 2023
Tommy Fleetwood and Emiliano Grillo took an early share of the lead at 5-under after Thursday's round. They were joined by 6-foot-8 amateur Christo Lamprect. The rising senior at Georgia Tech earned his spot in the field this week after winning the Amateur Championship.
"I think the way I played today I earned to be on the top of the leaderboard, as of now. It's not a cocky thing to say," he said. "I just personally think I believe in myself, and I guess stepping on to the first tee box if you're a professional or a competitor, you should be believing that you should be the best standing there."
Antoine Rozner, Adrian Otaegui and Brian Harman are tied at 4-under. Reigning U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark, who actually hit a fan's iPad on Thursday, is among the group at 3-under. Brooks Koepka finished 1-under, a shot better than Rory McIlroy. Jon Rahm went 3-over in his opening round.
The British Open is offering a record $16.5 million purse this week, with $3 million going to the winner on Sunday afternoon. That prize pool is actually the smallest among the major championships. The R&A is prepared for demonstrations to break out on the course this week, too, though there's no direct intelligence that anything is planned.
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