Amateur Tom Lewis and the resurgent Thomas Bjorn are the surprise leaders after the first 18 holes of the 140th British Open.
20 year old Englishman Lewis hit 7 birdies and 2 bogeys on his way to a 5 under total of 65, a round that the more experienced Dane matched.
The pair are one ahead of 2009 US open winner Lucas Glover and his fellow American Webb Simpson, playing his first Open.
Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell are the leading Irish men after first rounds of 68 left them on two under.
Former Open winner Padraig Harrington carded 4 bogeys and 1 double bogey on his way to a three over 73 while Rory McIlroy, who hit a stunning 63 in the first round this time last year, was much more low key this year as he carded a one over 71 to lie 6 shots of the lead in the early stages.
Meanwhile the World’s number one and two Golfers, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood like McIlroy are both 1 over after low key rounds.
Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Bernard Langer (all +5), Retief Goosen and Mark O’Meara (both +6) are some of the big names needing big names needing big 2nd round if they are to survive to the third day.
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