SOUTHPORT, England — Mark O’Meara, the 1998 British Open winner at Birkdale, struck the first shot of the tournament with his 6:35 a.m. tee time Thursday. And then he proceeded to take 80 more shots from there, finishing with an 11-over-par 81. His nightmarish day began with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole, where he blocked his tee shot out of bounds in the driving rain and howling winds. “My day was toast and most people still hadn’t had their breakfast,” O’Meara said. “I wouldn’t say I was overly nervous. I thought I’d be more nervous. But I was not pleased when I hit that shot. I don’t think anybody would be. “My name is on my golf bag, I’ve won the Open, I’ve won the Masters, I’m in
Scoring at Royal Birkdale is expected to be difficult, but on the eve of The Open there are options for placing bets if you feel especially confident in how players will fare. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has created a number of scoring prop bets for this week's action in England, including estimates on the low single-round score and winning total: Winning score: Over/Under 275.5 (par 280) Lowest single-round score: Over/Under 64.5 (par 70) Will there be a playoff? Yes +300, No -360 Will there be a hole-in-one? Yes -120, No +100 Additionally, there are also options for betting the eventual finish position for several of the game's biggest stars: Jordan Spieth: Over/Under 17.5 (must finish
The R&A had its annual eve of The Open news conference Wednesday at Royal Birkdale and chief executive Martin Slumbers commented on numerous topics ranging from anchored putters to distance to drug testing to The Open’s place in the major championship schedule. “Now the great thing about links golf is you can play a hole in multiple ways, and that’s one of the beauties of it,” Slumbers said. Slumbers said it was Jason Day’s caddie, Colin Swatton, who first brought the potential situation to his attention. On the Royal Birkdale setup taking driver out of many player’s hands: “The great thing about links golf, as many of you know, if you’re as much an aficionado of this game as I am, course management is one of the most important things about links golf.